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Thread: Toni's gift

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    Toni's gift

    I have to tell you what my friends and I did today. We have a group of ladies, all from church, my dearest friends (two of them have sons married to my daughters) anyway, One gal in our group is single, living on a fixed income, had a severe brain injury 20 years ago, has no family in the area. She loves to sew but can't really afford much fabric or really much of anything. I have been giving her fabrics for Quilts for Kids Quilts to sew and she has put together about 15 of these for me so far (7 of them went out on Tuesday with one I put together). She had this tiny, cheap (under $100 20 years ago)sewing machine. Well it has been having problems and the guy who repairs it for her asked her if she considered buying another one. Toni said "no" I can't afford one. Well, 7 of us got together and pitched in and bought her a little computerized Brother sewing machine for $170. It weighs only 14 lbs (weight is an issue with Toni) and has 60 different stitches on it. I called her up last night and told her I wanted to show her something. Only 4 of us could be here at the time she could come by. I gave her a big hug and told her we loved her and enjoyed having her sewing with us and really appreciated all the volunteer work she does around the church and all the kids quilts she sews and I pointed her to a wrapped box on my dining table. Well, she was shocked and deeply touched and had tears in her eyes. It was so cool!!!!! We are going to try and find a rolling cart for it, there were some on sale at JoAnns. She's in her 70's and it is getting really hard for her to carry the machine to her car from her apartment and stuff so we're going to surprise her with that if we can get one this afternoon.
    Just had to tell you. I had tears in my eyes watching her reaction. Two of us then showed her how to get started on the machine. With her brain injury she has a hard time learning new things sometimes. I'm sure that she will have lots of questions but we are all happy to help her.


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    What a blessing all of you received as well as Toni, that machine will bring her so much joy and make her sewing so much easier as she learns the functions. The best part will be the time you spend together giving of yourselves as you already have. She already has been giving to others with what little she has, she has blessed many already.
    You will have many more memories of love and laughter to share with one another.

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    What a wonderful thing you have done for her!!!!!!

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    God bless all of you! It is really fun when like-minded people get together doing projects whether it's quilting or something else. The love just flows.

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    You made me cry!!! How wonderful for Toni that she has friends like you and the others. Like my signature line says: No one ever became poor by giving - Anne Frank. You and your friends are a testament to the fact that there are still generous people in this world that are willing to reach out and help others without expecting something in return. Blessings to all of you and especially Toni as she takes on the task of learning this new machine! She is already blessed by having this group in her life!
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
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    That was such a wonderful thing you ladies did. I am sure Toni will make many more wonderful quilts with her new machine. Angels come in all shapes and sizes!

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    What a great group you are! She is fortunate to have good friends like you. Sounds like she is a blessing to everyone too.

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    A loving and generous thing that you gals did.
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    You are wonderful friends! Toni is very lucky to have you in her life.
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    that's a great story.

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    Tears came to my eyes too. You girls are great and I know she will think of each of you every time she uses it.
    Kacy from OK

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    Thanks so much for sharing that with us. What a wonderful thing to do for Toni.

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    You are all so fortunate to have each other. It's a great story and I thank you for sharing it.

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    Brought tears to my eyes- How thoughtful and generous of all of you
    To keep your mind fresh- learn one new thing a day !

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    You guys are angels on earth! Thanks for such an uplifting story. There is still so much good that people do today.....I wish we would hear more of them and less of the negative.

    Way to go!

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    What a sweet way to help a friend!
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    You made me cry too! What a wonderful thing to do! Please PM me if there's anything else we can do for Toni. I'd like to help, perhaps with fabric or thread? I spent a lovely day quilting with friends and I'm so appreciative that I'm able to do that; I'd like to do a little "giving back".

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    Thank you everyone. The planning of this yesterday and giving today has really elevated my spirit. I was so giddy!! It truly is much more fun to give than receive. My DH was even pretty excited about it and gladly wrote the check for our share!!!
    On Tuesday several of us went to a quilt guild meeting then out to lunch and hit a quilt shop and JoAnns. At JoAnns, they had some rolling cases on sale and with us was Robin, a single mother who works as a teacher. Robin is also on a very limited income. She said it would be nice to have a rolling case but couldn't spend the $ for it. As soon as she was out of earshot Sandy, Sue and I decided to buy it for her. We just told her that it was for Sandy's old machine so it would not get dusty. Robin's birthday is in August so we are going to surprise her with it at the August UFO. This is so much fun!!!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    See, this is what life should be all about...friends helping friends, honestly and purely with no "what's in it for me" thoughts. God bless you all, and yes, you brought tears to my eyes too.

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    Beautiful stories. Yes, giving is so much fun.

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    blessed be

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    wonderful wonderful wonderful

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    thanks sooo much for sharing your story of Toni with us. Brought happy tears to my eyes. Bless you all!!
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    Such a sweet thing you guys did for Toni! Blessings to all of you!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Blessings to all of you ! People do care and do what is needed ! Have a great time !

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