The lady at the Red Cross office here told her friend at the local newspaper about our efforts to raise money for Joplin and one of the reporters came to the house to do an interview. I thought he was going to talk to me for a few minutes, take a picture and be done. No! He was here over two hours. We talked about all kinds of stuff. I enjoyed visiting with him . . an interesting guy. He wanted to see my sewing room. Oh, my . . I hadn’t planned on doing that. Then he wanted to take a picture of me at the longarm and I didn’t have a quilt loaded so I tossed one over the poles to kinda make it look like a quilt was on the machine.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the article – didn’t know how large or small it might be or where it might appear in the paper so you can guess my shock when my picture appeared on the front page – covering a huge chunk of the front page. Yes, it’s a tiny local paper but it was still a funny feeling to be standing at the gas pump putting gas in my car and see me staring back from the front page of the newspaper in the paper racks.
It was all of you who donated who should have been on the front page . . not me. All I did was give out my address and those of you who donated did the rest. But, several local folks called and wanted to donate so I’ve received another $275. The total received is $11,745.
More quilts should arrive tomorrow and will be donated on my next trip to Joplin. I’ll keep you posted and the updates will be on the “Help Joplin” tab at the top.