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Thread: Taking back Charity Quilts???

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    Senior Member LastGrandma's Avatar
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    One of the good things about entering quilts in our County Fair is that you can donate them to charity. So I entered four "Charity Quilts" this year. Everyone gets a participation ribbon (and other ribbons too as they are judged also) but you don't get the quilts back (the fair gives them to a charity)...or so I thought!

    When I picked up my quilts from the fair, they brought me all my quilts -- even the charity ones. When I told them I didn't think I was supposed to get the charity quilts back, the woman in charge said, "We had a lady in here this morning that changed her mind and wanted all her charity quilts back to give as gifts." I was appalled -- weren't they a gift already???

    Wondered if any of you had heard of such a thing? Thanks for letting me blow off steam!

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    Oh that is so wrong! I can't believe that she would take them back after saying they would go to charity. I really have a hard time understanding people sometimes.

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    It seems like hers were "Charity Quilts" just long enough to be entered in the contest. humm?

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    I'd be appalled, too. I would of said, "Um...hello? They were supposed to be a gift for someone who needed it, not for the ones who made the quilts".

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    Well let's just assume she had some kind of financial set back and realized she would not have any gifts for loved ones other than those quilts. It's a possibility and helps get rid of the negative thoughts anyway.

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    There must have been a reason for her to ask for her quilts back, but they should not have given yours back especially since you had not asked for them to be returned.

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    That seems wrong. Like she entered to get ribbons and recognition but always had the intent not to give them to charity. Since the fair gave them back, I would just take them and give them to a charity of your choice. I guess it is an honor system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Well let's just assume she had some kind of financial set back and realized she would not have any gifts for loved ones other than those quilts. It's a possibility and helps get rid of the negative thoughts anyway.
    This is the first thing that crossed my mind also. OK I am hoping the same but then I tend to think the best of people to the point of a fault according to my kids. Still I think just take yours and give them to a charity of your choice. It does not take away from your donation quilts in any way. obviously your donation quilts are very much needed if people ask back for their donation quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybrarian
    Well let's just assume she had some kind of financial set back and realized she would not have any gifts for loved ones other than those quilts. It's a possibility and helps get rid of the negative thoughts anyway.
    You are so right...and things are pretty rough here economically! Thanks for changing my thinking from negative to a more positive outlook.

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    OK she wanted hers back but why would they assume you wanted yours back? That seems odd.

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    I can't imagine a fair taking on the responsibility of keeping track of which quilts are charity and which quilts go back to the person that entered them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I can't imagine a fair taking on the responsibility of keeping track of which quilts are charity and which quilts go back to the person that entered them.
    That was my thought. It's a big responsiblility for an organization to put on a fair, let alone keep track of where to "send" the quilts. Someone had a good idea at the time.

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    Actually I think it's fairly common for a fair to have a group of quilts that will be donated at the end of the fair to a particular charity. They usually name the charity in advance (the last group I remember was for Project Linus), and in my experience those quilts aren't judged. They're displayed as a group. Maybe this practice is more common in some parts of the country than in others.

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    I hope the fair kept the ribbons

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    I choose to think that there must have been a good reason for this too :wink:
    Bless your heart for making these quilts to be donated :D:D:D

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