Friday, September 1, 2017

Cup of Kindess

As I sit here scrolling through endless coverage of Hurricane Harvey devastation, I'm struck by how different the narrative is - the kindess of strangers, everyone coming together, from far and near.  While the loss is tremendous and uncounted, I look for the blessing in the storm, and have found it.  We're not at war with each other, no matter what you've seen on the news, we're family, coming together when it counts.

I've been drawing up a couple of holiday patterns.  This one, Cup of Kindness, I've stitched while watching Houston news.


It started with the words from Auld Lang Syne, and transitioned into what I'm seeing on facebook.  One man from Kentucky, who was helping with the rescues, said he was struck by the kindness he saw everywhere, from everyone.

The pattern is free in my shop - here's a link - 

I would encourage you to support the rescue and recovery efforts in Houston and elsewhere along the coast.  I have two family members who lost everything - one has no flood insurance, because their area has never flooded.  Fox 7 in Austin has a webpage where you can look for places to donate, here's the link - How To Help.  

And please, even after the news coverage has moved on to the new story of the day, continue to keep these folks in your prayers.  They will need them for years to come.

Love,
Allie




18 comments:

Terra Hangen said...

You are right, there is a gigantic cup of kindness that we in the USA are dipping in to as we help our neighbors. Samaritan's Purse is a good organization to give to, helping in disasters like the current flooding.

Sandra :) said...

WOW I'm sorry about your relatives - hopefully they're OK. Watching the news now is dangerous - it makes me cry when I see the awful pictures, but then I cry too, when I see people being kind :/ Every newscast should start out with stories and pictures of kindness!

Nancy J said...

Allie, it brings it down to reality so fast and so devastatingly when family lose everything. Our own Air New Zealand crew are stranded, and have pitched in to help at the hotel, even competing for the shifts. Food, cleaning, moving belongings and that basic job of vacuuming. Wonderful to know that some from our own country have pitched in as well as so many others.

Shasta Matova said...

I'm so sorry for the family members who were affected by the storm. Things like this do show what is important in life. That is a pretty stitchery and so very appropriate. I am glad people are showing kindness at this time.

Jeanette said...

Sorry to hear about your relatives Allie. Love your stitchery. Hugs,xx

WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful message and it seems it takes a disaster for people to remember that.
How nice it would be if others would do that on a daily basis. I am sorry to hear about your relatives, it is sad to see all the destruction it has caused.

Debbie

Jenny of Elefantz said...

(((praying)))

Susan said...

We have been praying for those in Texas and Louisiana. We have a pastor friend in Corpus Christi. While his house did not sustain much damage, the church did. Their insurance policy has a $30,000 deductible which is going to be hard to come by with a small and mostly poor congregation.

Thanks for the stitchery. It is always appropriate.

Kathy said...

Prayers for your family members. I have a niece whose street and back yard flooded but the water never reached their house, thank God. She was home from work for a week with her two young sons. When her husband was able, went out with the basketball team he coaches, and helped tear up carpets from homes that were flooded and get everything out to the street that would eventually cause mold. Heartbreaking and scary. I cannot imagine dealing with floods; I'll take my snowstorms any day.

Kathy said...

Oh, and thanks for the pattern. Don't know what happened to my previous comment but I forgot to say thank you :o)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

So sorry to hear about your family members...prayers. Thanks for the "Cup of Kindness" you give to everyone and not just your pattern.

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you for your thoughts and your design, Allie. It seems a completely different story from some we've seen. I watched more than an hour of footage mid-week, seeing that kindness you mentioned. I'm so sorry your relatives are involved in all this - and no insurance, oh how sad that is, but I know I don't have flood insurance because of where I live, either. How could it flood here? But there's always that possibility, I guess. I hope there is plenty of help from all sources for these families. I have already donated to two different food banks, and will donate more as the needs become more apparent. It doesn't take a lot from any one person, just a little from a lot of people!

Fiona said...

Nature sure throws curveballs at us.... so good to see the postitive stories coming out... most of humankind is good and it's important not to focus on the minority bad.....
hugs to you and yours...

Michele McLaughlin said...

You clever woman, what a great idea! I'm going to have to make some of these as soon as I can! I love this block! The cup of kindness is what our whole country, especially Houston, needs. Hugs and hugs!

claudia said...

I am not liking what has happened to the folks in Texas, but I am loving what has come out of it! A renewal in the kindness of my fellow humans! I have been getting teary eyed at all the goodness I am seeing on the news, but I am also getting teary eyed at the devastation that has happened. Thank the powers that be, that we as a people can come together especially in times of need.
Thank you for the cute pattern. I have an old high school friend who I have been reunited with through facebook and I thought of her as soon as I saw your design. I am going to make this for her as a mug rug and surprise her.

KaHolly said...

Sorry your family was affected by the storm. What a horrible thing to happen. My daughter faired okay in NB. Loving your new stitchery. How nice to offer it for free.

Lin said...

So sorry to hear about your family - sending love and prayers for them and all affected. xx

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