Sunday, October 8, 2017

Joining Instagram - For a Good Cause

Kyle from Vacuuming the Lawn has so generously donated her time and energy helping out those in need in her own special way.  She created a beautiful tote bag and held an auction on Instagram to help those in Texas who suffered the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.  I did not participate in the auction but did contribute via my church.  It was heartening to see that my local community center collected supplies from my neighborhood.  My employer also sent out a mass email providing links to organizations that were providing assistance.  It was heartening to see everyone coming together to help those in need.

Kyle did it again for Puerto Rico.  She took the time to make this beautiful floral bag and held an auction on Instagram to raise money to help our fellow U.S. citizens. With Puerto Rico, my church did not hold a fundraiser.  My local community center did not collect supplies.  My employer did not send out a mass email.  One can speculate as to why (I don't want to get into it here) but my heart sank as I made these observations.  I am of Puerto Rican descent so this disaster has had a personal element for me.

I have for the longest time resisted joining Instagram.  I felt like it would provide me with another avenue to spend the little spare time I have.  I would rather sew!  But when Kyle held this auction, I just had to participate.  I joined Instagram (my link: Instagram) just so I could participate in this auction and I placed the winning bid!  See the Instagram auction feed by clicking here.

This bag is of high quality professional workmanship and came beautifully wrapped with a fun card.
Thanks to the generosity of others in the sewing community, a total of $580 will be donated to the Hispanic Federation which is working tirelessly to help the residents of Puerto Rico.  One poster matched my bid while two others contributed as well.  So what this tells me is that there are so many different ways to help those in need.  And there are so many good people out there!

Sometimes it seems like the world is unraveling...with one disaster coming right after another.  It sometimes feels overwhelming and I often feel so helpless.  But what those in the sewing community have shown is that we can all chip in in our own special way.  Every little bit helps!  

If you wish to contribute, you can do so via the following organizations:



In addition to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other islands in the Caribbean also suffered extensive damage and the citizens of Texas and Florida still need our help:


10 comments:

  1. It kind of hurt my feelings to see how little help and attention Puerto Rico got as well. So, like many others, I opened my own purse. Hopefully, the logistics of getting help where it is needed it freeing up now. And Lord, please, no more big hurricanes this season!

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara for donating. Yes, I agree - no more hurricanes please! This hurricane season has been vicious.

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  2. I dont know anything about the politics of your country to understand why the same action wasnt taken for puerto rico, but I know that sounds very unfair! what a lovely idea auctioning a handmade bag. And congratulations on winning!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a great idea to auction the bag and I am thrilled to have won it.

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  3. I love that Kyle did this! You are right that every little bit that we all do helps. I will look into the organizations you linked in your blog. Enjoy your bag!!! I will look for you on IG. :)

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! I am glad you will look into those organizations.

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  4. Thank you for your post. How wonderful that Kyle had an auction and that you won the beautiful bag. The rains have continued, but the Puerto Ricans are helping themselves. However, they need a helping hand. Gracias por mencionar Puerto Rico.

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    1. It is heartbreaking to see the amount of devastation but I know Puerto Ricans are a resilient people! De nada.

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  5. Hurricanes can really cause damage- I am sad to read this. I am so sorry I didn't pay attention about Puerto Rico. Hurricane Irma was often covered on TV in Japan...
    At first site, I thought you made the bag for yourself. I agree with the Winter~Queen, auctioning it on IG is really good idea! It draws many people's attention.

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  6. I could just feel your heart while reading this. It's been so sad to see the effect of all these hurricanes, and what's going on in PR is a shame. It's great to see the sewing community pitching in. This was very thoughtful of Kyle.

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