Yesterday (Sunday) we went to Joplin to deliver all the scrapbooking goodies that I collected from many of you and several manufacturer's! I was shocked and overwhelmed with donations, as you can see here:
My dinning room...
Over $50,000 of product.
My garage... a bunch of product on the garage floor & on 2 pallets!
Brand new paper trimmers donated by Amy Sprague!
My dinning room table full of product...
Taping up 50 boxes, one for each Joplin lady filled with brand new paper!
Tubs, tubs and more tubs! 50 tubs line the house for an assembly line to place product in them.
Up and down my halls...
around corners and in my front room office...
even on couches...
Loading the Uhaul truck!
In the Uhaul truck headed to Joplin with Dan and Bella Blue too!
Unloading the truck at "Scraps" the Joplin scrapbook store.
Every lady received a huge tub and a box filled with paper...
and sacks filled with albums from American Crafts!
Every lady not only got a tub and box of product but they also got to pick out a tote and fill it with all the product that was left over (in 20 large tubs)!
Happiness... her face says it all.
Look through all the fun product!
Spellbinders donated money for the tubs and the Uhaul truck!
I had to take a picture of these pictures a lady brought in to show me what's left of her pictures that she could fine. Some of these pictures are only a few years old but look hundreds of years old. They are torn, scratched up and water damaged! It was so sad to see these pictures of her young daughter and to hear her story.
The refreshment table.
Going through the tubs...
The sticker tubs were very popular!
I spoke to one very sweet lady that said she had been an avid scrapbooker for years and after her home was leveled by the tornado (she had her own craft room) that she wasn't going to scrapbook again. She couldn't image starting over considering she still had to find a permeant home and get the basic supplies for her home, so starting over and buying scrapbook products seemed too distant and not top on her list. Even her husband was encouraging her to get back to scrapbooking but she decided that her hobby was over for now. Then she heard about this donation and decided to give her hobby another try. She held my hand and gave me the most sweet and sincere "Thank you"! I was in tears.
So many wonderful ladies I met today and I hope they are all scrapbooking tonight!
Here are a list of the manufacturer's that donated to the ladies of Joplin:
Creating Keepsakes Magazine
Elmer’s Products, Inc.
Scrapbook Etc. Magazine
Unity Stamp Co
My Little Shoebox
Allison Davis & Debbie Sanders (Sketches for Scrapbooking Books)
Best Creation Inc
Bazzill Basic Paper
Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker
All 50 tubs had these items along with so much more:
Pens & Markers
Thanks to all of you who donated to my Joplin Drive!
You helped change the lives of 50 wonderful ladies!
And one last sweet story...
Here is Bella after the Joplin Drive today on our way home. Bella brought some joy of her
very own today to some ladies that had lost their dogs to the tornado. They held her and
loved on her and one lady had tears in her eyes for her little dog who had died in the tornado.
So thanks to Bella for her sweet Yorkie kisses to the ladies that needed it the most today.