As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love my local Re-Use-It network. (Previously known as Freecycle...but our moderators jumped ship. Long story.) A good portion of my crafting materials have come from generous ladies in my area - bags of ricrac, stacks of vintage fabric, and sacks full of tulle have all found their way into my home.
As I prepare to relocate across the country, I am doing my best to de-stash and simplify. When I get my daily e-mails from the network, I look very carefully at all of the "Wanted" notes. If any of them match anything in my craft room...chances are, I'll drop them a note. Many of the requests are on behalf of children, just budding into their creativity. I love that what I rounded up (for free) can now be redistributed to young people who are in need of copious amounts of (free!) materials to experiment on.
This past week, a grandmother put out a request for any sort of craft materials. Her (very creative) grandchildren had recently moved into town, and she wanted enough materials on hand to keep them occupied for the majority of the summer. I contacted her, and put together several sacks of things I thought young children might enjoy working with.
I was tickled pink when they arrived. Grandma was such a sweet and gracious woman. As they approached the door, her grandson put on his best Polite Face and handed me the card that you see above.
To: Aunt LoLo
From: The one you helped
Thank you for everything you have given me and I'm so happy I don't know how to say.....
(yarn on right)
The sweet words were accompanied by pictures of candles, a boy making a candle, and a ball of yarn that was unraveling to spell out the words "Thank you."
I was so impressed with this young man, and his (beautiful) and sweet gesture!