Sunday, June 6, 2021

Hands2Help 2021 Is In The Books!!

 

Hi, all!

We've made it!  Thirteen weeks ago, the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2021 began, and since that time, an amazing effort has been going on to spread comfort across the world!  By the numbers, quilters from 45 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces, and one Australian territory participated.  Isn't that incredible?  And here's another number...


195 fabulous quilters completed
this year's Challenge!!!

But that's not the best number from this year...

Because you all set a new record!!!



That's right!!!  This year you all made and donated 1,034 quilts, 
the largest number of quilts ever donated through Hands2Help in one year!!!  

You. Are. Amazing!!!

And now for an update: those numbers are light!  197 participants and 1044 quilts!!!

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Can you tell I'm a little excited?  I was hoping we might hit 1000 this year, but as I started to total up quilts as they came in earlier this week it looked like we would come up just a little short.  You can imagine my happy dance when the numbers ticked over that magic number - and then kept rising!

And a funny story - this morning when I had breakfast with the grandkids, I asked Lilli to guess how many quilts had been donated through the Challenge.  She thought about it for a minute and said, "Three hundred!"  I said, "Nope.  1034."  Her response?  "HOLY COW!!!""  My thoughts exactly!


So what happens now?  Well, for those of you who already have your quilts shipped off, you get to sit back and relax.  Those who still need to ship, you have your task in front of you!  And me?  Well, Lilli and I will be getting to work over the next two weeks divvying up thank you goodies and getting them packed up for shipping, and contacting sponsors who will be shipping directly with contact info.  Hang tight, y'all - everyone gets a little thank you for participating in the Challenge!   You will be getting some happy mail from me, either by email or snail mail, in the next two or three weeks if my luck holds - I really want to get it all done by vacation!  NOTE:  If for some reason your address has changed since the Challenge started, be sure to email me directly at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com right away and let me know!

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And now, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you!  
You are the heartbeat of the Challenge, 
the reason it happens every year.  
You bring joy and comfort to so many people 
across the world, and change lives for the better.  
Never underestimate the power of a quilt!  
I wish I could make each and every one of you a quilt - 
you are MY Hometown Heroes!   

Hugs!

Sarah


31 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful number of quilts, so much quilty loved shared into the world!

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  2. You are the amazing one, coordinating all this takes an immense amount of work, thank you for all you have done to make this project a success.

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  3. I can't imagine the time and work it takes to coordinate this project. Thank you!

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  4. Amazing!! Well done everyone!

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  5. Fabulous job by all the piecers and quilters. Thank you for the planning, organizing and inspiration.

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  6. This is so awesome - my heart overflows at all this generosity!!

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  7. Woooohooohoo!!! This is awesome news!!! 🎉🎉🎉 So many generous quilters coming together, it warms my heart ❤️❤️❤️

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  8. Awesome! Yes, Sarah is the heartbeat of this whole project - Thank You

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  9. Thank you Sarah!! The number of quilts is impressive, but all you do to pull the yearly challenge together is beyond amazing. I'm not a very prolific quilter and I certainly can't compete with the intricate patterns and quilting that many of the participants produce, but I am proud to have been a participant since the very first year. I'm grateful that you have introduced me to some wonderful organizations that provide comfort to people who are in need of physical or emotional support. When I printed out the UPS labels for Little Lambs, I was excited knowing that the second label will sit on my refrigerator until I can finish enough quilts to fill up another box. May God bless you Sarah. You touch the hearts of more people than you will ever know.

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  10. Woo-hoo! That's an astounding number of quilts. Thank you for all you do to coordinate H2H!

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  11. Here’s a woop woop for you girl!!! Thanks so much for all you do to put this together. It is just so fun to participate every year. Thanks for the warm and fuzzy feelings that I get to feel with the gifting of quilts.

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  12. Congrats on the incredible response to this year's H2H, Sarah!!

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  13. What incredible numbers! I really enjoy this challenge every year but I really like the added challenge of Hometown Hero. I've decided to donate a second quilt to another Hometown Hero! I've been so inspired. Thanks Sarah for all you do to keep this challenge working and growing each year!

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  14. And I say, Yay! to Sarah for inspiring all of the quilts!
    Thank you for your leadership!

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  15. Woohoo! That is cause for celebration indeed! And a holiday 😄

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  16. Fantastic numbers!! Thank you for keeping us on track, or in my case nearly on track!!

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  17. Amazing work by so many hands! Thank. you for sharing your joy and commitment to others and getting us on the program!

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  18. Oh wow! What a turn out!! Outstanding. So very proud to be a part of such a magnificent effort. Hugs for all you do.

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  19. Thanks to all the generous quilters, the prize donors, and Lilli, but the biggest thanks go to you Sarah. H2H has grown beyond your wildest dreams. It should make up all proud to see the goodness that still flows in this most unusual year of our lives.
    Pat

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  20. I love that-- 'Never underestimate the power of a quilt!' Thank you Sarah for organizing these powerful quilts and quilters!

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  21. That is wonderful! It was fun as always and I look forward to playing a long next year!

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  22. Thank you Sarah for organizing another wonderful year of wonderful quilts to be donated! You are amazing! Can’t wait for next year!

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  23. A spectacular year of quilty goodness!

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  24. Wow Sarah you are blessed and have blessed up to be able to go on this journey too. These are amazing numbers, can't wait to see what is next!!

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  25. WOW, 1034 quilts!! That’s incredible. Thanks for organizing this challenge.

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  26. I applaud everyone’s efforts for getting quilts done
    I shall mark my calendar for the 2022 challenge
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  27. Amazing!!! Thanks for hosting again.

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  28. oh wow, so fabulous ! i did not even expect THAT !

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