Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Stitch Home Alabama" Fundraiser for the South!

On April 27, 2011, a record number of tornadoes unleashed their fury against the southern part of the United States. 38 of Alabama's 67 counties were declared disaster areas. Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia also suffered massive destruction.

People just like you and me lost homes, businesses and loved ones in this storm, the second deadliest tornado storm in U.S. history. At last count, over 350 people have died, thousands are homeless and the cost of damages is in the billions of dollars.

Ready, set, donate!

Inspired by the craft community's efforts in other such disasters, we decided to rally and help. Stumbles & Stitches is hosting "Stitch Home Alabama", a raffle to benefit The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in our tornado-ravaged southern states.

Tornado damage and help
Photo from The Birmingham Salvation Army Flickr page

The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, hygienic products, clothes, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. "The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution."

Let's Have a Raffle!

We have received some amazing prize donations from favorite shops, partners and friends. Their generosity has been inspiring!! There are 5 awesome prize packages up for grabs in the raffle (more on that in just a second).

For every $10 you donate to the Salvation Army, you get a virtual raffle ticket. Donate $10, you get 1 ticket; donate $50, you get 5 chances to win a prize! Keep reading to see the prizes and find out how to enter the raffle.

Our goal is to raise $2000 (or more!). To kick things off, Stumbles & Stitches is donating $50! Will you be next?

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5 Awesome Prizes

So, let's talk about these prizes, shall we?

PRIZE 1 ($350 value)

Prize 1 v3

More details about Prize 1 here.

PRIZE 2 ($200 value)


More details about Prize 2 here.

PRIZE 3 ($140 value)


More details about Prize 3 here.

PRIZE 4 ($100 value)


More details about Prize 4 here.

UPDATE 5/21/11: PRIZE 5 ($100 value)

Prize 5

  • 6 sewing patterns by Anna Maria Horner, donated by Anna Maria Horner (specific patterns to be determined when winners are announced)
  • 2 half-yards of fabric from Innocent Crush collection by AMH, donated by Jenny Bartoy of Stumbles & Stitches

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How Do I Enter The Raffle?

Update: 5/26/11: The raffle is now closed! Thank you so much for participating!

It's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Donate money.

Go to the Salvation Army donation page [Specific Use: April 2011 tornado disaster] or to their 2011 Tornadoes donation page. And give an amount of your choice!

For each $10 you donate, you get an entry in the raffle. For example, with a $100 donation, you'd get 10 entries in the raffle.

2. Locate your Donation ID number.

Check your confirmation screen or email confirmation. Keep that number handy!

Here's what it looks like:

Salvation Army Receipt

3. Leave ONE comment on this post.

It must include the following information:
  • amount of your donation
  • Donation ID number from Salvation Army (see Step 2)
  • email address (use [at] and [dot] if you'd like)

UPDATE 5/23/11: We've been hearing reports of problems with posting comments. Blogger is bugging out, so sorry! If you are unable to post a comment, please email us your donation amount and ID# at stumblesstitches [at] ymail [dot] com. We'll make sure and enter you in the raffle. Thank you!

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A Few Details

> Keep your receipt email from The Salvation Army. You will need it to claim your prize if you win. If you'd like, you can forward it to us right now at stumblesstitches [at] ymail [dot] com.

> Just like in a "real" raffle, each donor will be assigned ticket numbers, in the order of posted comments. You get one ticket per $10 you donate. For example, if you donate $20, you get 2 ticket numbers.

Ticket numbers will be listed on the "Raffle Tickets and Fundraiser Tally" post, which we will update daily as donations come in.

> The raffle will stay open for one week, until Wednesday 5/25 Midnight PST. With the help of, we will draw 5 random winners for the prizes (Prize 1 first, then Prizes 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Winners' names will be announced on Stumbles & Stitches on Thursday 5/26, and they will be contacted by email. Please make sure you provide contact information in your comment!

> If you'd like to help us raise funds but are not interested in the raffle prizes, do leave a comment with your donation amount and simply add "No raffle". Thank you!!

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Thank You!

Thank you to all our incredible friends and partners who donated such wonderful items for the raffle. And thank YOU in advance for your generosity!

Please help spread the word about this raffle: post it on your blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. The more people know about it, the more money we will raise to help tornado victims!

"Stitch Home Alabama" Fundraiser for the South:

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For daily updates on the fundraiser and our latest projects, "like" Stumbles & Stitches on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter ( You can contact us at stumblesstitches [at] ymail [dot] com.

Stumbles & Stitches is not affiliated with The Salvation Army in any way.

Note: please let us know about your own fundraising and relief efforts by leaving a comment on this post.

The raffle is now closed. Thank you for participating!


  1. Thank you for organizing this wonderful project. I am glad you invited me to be a part of this raffle of a good cause.

  2. Happy to participate.

    I made a ten dollar donation.

    Donation ID # 2LP034876A362521U

  3. $20.00 and more than happy to give : )


  4. Thanks for doing this! Just donated $50.

    Confirmation #7UT50673KP748630D

  5. What a generous giveaway!
    I donated 10 GPB (I don't know why it was in pounds and not in dollars, maybe because I'm in Europe...)
    Donation ID: 3058324723730180668931

  6. Thanks for bringing attention to an important cause!

    I just donated $20.00. Donation ID: 1YC99711LT894205P

  7. Just donated $30
    Keep up the good work, kudos to you!
    Enjoy your time together! Lots of love to both...

    Donation ID #3058537384790180668931

  8. Truly inspirational what you have done to support so many people in need from these tornadoes' paths of destruction. Thank you. Oh, and I followed your suggestion and made a $50 donation to Salvation Army. The ID# is 3057806746560180668931.

    (Sorry to have previously posted this in the wrong spot.)

  9. Great work you guys.
    Donation: $20.00
    Jansie Martin

  10. Thank you so much for doing this!! I had family that lost most of their house in the tornados. Thankfully they are ok.
    I've donated $50 - the codes is 44R4603341943272W
    My email is bev(at)
    Thanks again!

  11. I'm not entering the raffle as my daughter is one of those who lost their home to the tornadoes in Alabama and what I have is going to her. Praise God He protected her life. I just wanted to thank you for what you are doing. I hope you are very successful. You can't imagine the devastation here and now the flood victims suffering too. God bless you and everyone who donates. If anyone wants to read about our experience, I have put two posts on my freebie blog and everyone is invited at

  12. Thank you for reminding me to donate . I have sent $30 receipt # 1T407192KV881042C

  13. Fantastic effort to help!

    $10 donation. Donation ID: 6L463474D92988118

  14. I donated $10. ID: 0WJ48377G56889919

    denny1600 at gmail dot com

    I'm so proud of you for doing this. Thank you.

  15. Just donated $20. Happy to do so. Thank you for this great reminder to donate. My receipt # is 3059020092680175957463. My email is writer5555(at)live(dot)com.
    Thanks again!

  16. $10 donation
    Donation #3059052453140175957463

    mshaf23 at hotmail dot com

    Thank you for your generosity and for organizing this!-- Michaela

  17. Happy to help out!

    Fifty dollar donation
    drvamears at yahoo dot com

    <3 Victoria

  18. We were hard hit in GA also, especially NW GA. An EF2 was just 6 miles from our house. Thanks for encouraging people to help those who were devastated by the storms in April.

    $50 donation
    lindabarron at gmail dot com

  19. Happy to help just a little bit, thank you for organizing.

    Made a $20 donation.

    ID # 9TV57983EW624900F


    Lena Nilsson

  20. Glad to help.
    $20 ID# 3059292485440175957463

  21. I donated $50. Thank you for organizing this. I wanted to help but didn't know what to do.

    donation ID: 4VR93395Y0495571T.

  22. Thank you for organizing this amazing fundraising raffle. I hope you collect gobs and gobs of money! I donated $30.
    donation ID: 8M344702LE0301303
    tina at squirrelacorns (d0t) c0m

  23. Thank you for doing this. I had family & friends in Alabama, and friends in Georgia, all affected by these storms. It will take years to recover. I've donated a number of ways already, but I'm always game to do more - especially since we cannot currently travel home to help. I'm also pleased to find a lovely new blog to follow in the process.

    I have donated $100 to the cause.
    My donation ID is: 3059428499180180668931
    tara -dot- gaston -at- gmail -dot- com

  24. Jenny and Angel, y'all are terrific for putting together this raffle.

    Here's my donation info:
    k b l a i r h e n l e y *at* yahoo *dot* com

  25. I hope this helps you to reach your goal!


  26. $50.00
    Donation ID 3059911988150180668931

  27. I was thinking about it, but this made it really easy. Thank you.

    Donation ID: 3060131091640175957463
    sewmoni at gmail dot com

  28. I donated $50. Thank you for setting this raffle up. Blessing to everyone in this area.

    Donation ID:43N535461T512645G
    dkayehowl at yahoo dot com

  29. Thank you so much for doing this.

    Donation: $100
    ID: 3060803460630180668931

  30. Donation$100.00
    ID: 3060813242450175957463
    lmarsden at mac dot com

    Thank you so much for bringing this donation method to my attention. The raffle is great too.

  31. Awesome fundraising idea. Australia recieved a lot of international support during our floods at the beginning of the year, so it only seems right to support our brothers and sisters in their our of need.
    Tam Bell
    Donation ID: 3061168891610180668931
    Amount: 30.00 AUD

  32. thanks for putting this together.
    donation ID : 4C9728871E0652412
    amount: 20.00

  33. I donated $50 and my code ID is 3061574459720175957463. Great fundraising idea!

  34. good morning thanks to a post [on facebook by Janome] I am looking at this site. I think before you get too far you may want to update the assigned # to these donations. If Someone gave $20 there would be TWO # associated with that entry. example donated $20. numbers 3 and 4 etc. Just saying. good work everyone.

  35. May 23, 2011 06:44:34 PDT
    Transaction ID: 08F09420S96088317

    Hello Caryl Rosten,

    You sent a payment of $20.00 USD to The Salvation Army USSTX (

    It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.


    The Salvation Army USSTX

  36. Thank you all for your generous donations!!! Keep 'em coming! We still have $750 to go to reach our goal of $2000. We can do it!

    Carylanne, to see your ticket numbers, please go to this post: We have been updating it several times daily with ticket numbers and the fundraiser total as donations come in. :)

  37. Thanks for organizing this. Great job!
    $100 donation
    Confirmation number: 3061647117780180668931

  38. * amount of your donation: $20.00
    * Donation ID number from Salvation Army: 26U75519FU570683B
    * email address: heather(dot)lefkowitz(at)

  39. I can't get onto the tornadoes donation page, or the US Salvation Army general site - I think because I'm on a Canadian server, I am automatically routed to the Canadian Salvation Army page. I donated $20 and put "2011 tornadoes relief" in the specifics box, so I hope it gets to Alabama!
    tax receipt #E0121678. I'll email the receipt as you suggested.

    Thank you for organizing. I have a feeling you will well exceed your fundraising goal!

  40. What a wonderful idea.
    I mades a $20 donation

  41. Thank you so much for organizing this! I've already donated through our church, but am so happy to have another chance to help out!
    $10 donation,
    ID #2A024845JG263493H

  42. What a great way to help! If you need more prizes in the future, I would love to donate something from Modern June and Oilcloth Addict. All my best!


  43. What a fantastic way to encourage donation!

    shari (at) vdgrijn (dot) com

  44. $10 donation.
    Emailed you the receipt.
    Donation # 4SG689985G980202L

    zucchinisummer at gmail dot com

    or reply to the email address I used to email personal, non-blog one. :)

  45. $20 donation.



  46. Bless you for the giveaway!

    $10 donation


  47. Donation ID: 3D165602HT219315S
    Amount: 30.00 USD

  48. this is fantastic. Thank you for stepping up and organizing something like this. God Bless you and everyone else helping you and those that donate!


  49. Great job mamas! Here is my donation:
    ID# 3K874871PP879932Y

  50. Thank you so much for organizing this!

    Donation: $50.00
    ID: 3061987255160180668931

  51. $50 donation
    ID 8B569603N6489470B


  52. $20 donation on Receipt# 1D957029M988010N

  53. $150 donation Donation ID: 81J79520T26191730
    Date: 24 May 2011, 03:14
    No raffle... thanks for organizing this. feeling extremely fortunate tonight.
    Good luck with your goal!

  54. $10 donation ID 3062425473600180668931

    Great idea ladies! They need all the help they can get right now. I cannot even imagine how awful things must be there for them. My heart goes out to all the victims of wild weather lately.

  55. This is awesome -- thanks for organizing and bringing attention to the needs of the people affected.

    tragicfaerie [at] gmail [dot] com

  56. I donated early, now would like to also contribute a prize if would help get to next $3ooo.oo level ?
    I have all 13 blocks of the Baltimore Halloween BOM
    Entire kit as prize 6 ?
    I'll ship to who ever, where ever just let me know.

  57. What a great idea! Happy to help, and looking forward to the raffle!


    lmhr515 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  58. Attempt #3 to post!!


  59. So sorry to anyone having issues with posting comments! We've been hearing that Blogger has been buggy today. Eek!

    Please email us at stumblesstitches at ymail dot com with your donation amount and ID# and we'll enter you in the raffle.

  60. $10 donation Donation ID: 0BN469175D927790V

  61. Great idea and great prizes! Thank you!

    Donated $30

  62. Hello,

    Donated $20.00 but didn't see a donation id. I did get a tax receipt email which I have forwarded to you. My tax receipt # is E0121767.
    Thanks for having this raffle , great prizes and great idea!

  63. Hi! I'm so happy to be able to participate in this.

    I donated $10
    My code is 039882463E125332L


  64. Hi!

    I donated $10.

  65. I donated $20. Thanks for setting this up.
    Donation ID: 9NX138121L480222L


  66. $20.00
    Donation ID: 8JH39145WM7699608
    pluck (at) youmansfamily (dot) com

  67. Thanks for doing this!
    Donation ID: 3063490440020180668931

  68. Happy to help. I donated $20
    Donation ID:9A858572XP504580A

  69. $10 from me. 9PX50403T53783448
    Kimberlee, SpunkyDiva at

  70. just donated $20!

  71. Happy to donate..$20.00


    malmort01 at optonline net

  72. What an awesome giveaway! I am so happy to be a little part of it!


    Donation ID: 3063648110240180668931


  73. donated $100
    My donation number was crazy long here it goes.


    chelle [dot] b [at] me [dot] com

  74. hi,

    I just donated 20 Dollars.

    the number is 7G200621GX176023U



  75. Happy to try and help out. I donated $20
    ID # 3063654465750175957463

    email is

    Thank you

  76. this is under my daughters' and my business gmail, but i am the mom, laurel, next up is joplin. hope to see you all here again for that one :) ....together, we will put the South back together again, One Stitch At A TIme!
    Donation ID: 3063660159070180668931
    Amount: 10.00 USD
    Date: 25 May 2011, 19:26
    Address: laurel anderson
    18 Elmwood avenue
    APT B
    New Jersey
    United States
    Donation Usage: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

  77. i forgot to add, my email is

  78. Donation ID: 6RL69388LV760915A
    Amount: 20.00 USD
    Date: 25 May 2011, 23:31
    Address: Silvia McFarland
    Donation Usage: April 2011 Tornado

  79. Donation id:5X836140PU6772011
    Amt: 10$
    Date:25th May 2011 23.51
    Daonation usuage : April 2011 Tornado

  80. Donation ID: 9MN241847S464635D
    Amount: 20.00 USD
    Date: 26 May 2011, 00:38
    Donation Usage: April 2011 Tornado

    I made this today May 25 @ 8:41pm EST... I don't know why it's saying the 26th on the page... hope it counts for the raffle... either way, happy to help out! AND happy to see so many other's doing the same!

  81. What a lovely way to encourage us to remember to give to others! Thanks for organizing.

    Donation ID: 23D292809T950563V
    Amount: 50.00 USD

    I also LOVE your blog and am so glad to have stumbled upon it.

  82. Yep... e-mail would help:

  83. Donation ID: 3063722442540175957463
    Amount: $10 USD

  84. Thank you for the opportunity! I donated $250.00 and my donation number is 3063723220520180668931. 4throse(at)bellsouth(dot)net.

  85. Just donated $50.00.
    ID #743256507X792842N

  86. Donation ID: 3063781855940175957463
    Amount: 20.00 USD
    Date: 25 May 2011, 21:49

    Vince Walker

  87. Donation ID: 4FK78834F65566043

    Amount 30.00
    Date: May 25, 2011

    Sheila Galindo

  88. Thanks so much for spurring me and many others to donate to these important relief efforts! I love seeing the craft blogging community come together to help others in need.

    I donated $30
    My reciept ID is 3063840719690180668931
    My email is needleandspatula (at) gmail (dot) com

    I also tweeted and FB posted about your raffle FYI!

  89. I donated $50
    My ID is 3063906483740175957463

  90. What a wonderful thing to do.

    20.00 USD
    26 May 2011, 10:37
    Stephanie Cantrell



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