MECCA is currently having an online auction to raise funds. If you are artsy or craftsy, or need some last-minute gifts for the holidays, this is a great organization to support. The auction ends December 13, so check it out today!
Here is a little bit about them from their website:
MECCA got its start in a local garage 22 years ago, though we could never have imagined the path we’d take or how we’d grow over the years. Since then, we’ve managed to keep thousands of pounds of materials out of the waste stream each year, supplies that have inspired local creators to make art that enhances their lives and their community.
These supplies make their way into the hands of the people who need them most: teachers and their students, community groups, social justice organizations, homeschool families, creative entrepreneurs, and artists and makers of all walks, ages, media, and abilities.
Offering free and affordable art supplies furthers our vision of a joyful, sustainable, and art-centric community. And in moments of increased isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty, artistic expression plays a greater role than ever in our individual and collective well-being.
Such outcomes, though, require the investment of those who value the wonderful impact that MECCA has in our community — people like you — and it is our hope that we can count on you to support the activities that make MECCA essential.Your support makes it all possible.
The 2021 Diamonds in the Rough Quilt Show was a huge success! My quilt group, the Pine Needlers, has held this show annually for 17 years. We’ve been in five different locations over the years, but no matter what comes our way (including a drive-thru show during the pandemic), we’ve held our show for the community.
This year we we are donating $3,600 to the following organizations:
$1,200 Lowell Rural Fire Protection District
$1,200 Lowell Food Pantry
$600 Lowell/Fall Creek Education Foundation
$360 City of Lowell to help residents behind on water/sewer bills
$240 Highway58Herald in Oakridge
All the money we raise goes back into the community or to our very few show expenses. A big thank you to all the people that support the sale of raffle tickets, and who purchase quilts and raffle baskets at the show, so that we can keep giving money to our community!
And of course, without the members of the Pine Needlers, and some of their spouses, for helping each year to organize and do the heavy lifting to make this show happen. This year we lost one of our founding members, Gerry Burr. We miss her terribly as we relied on her wonderful sense of humor and smile, her wicked-good quilting abilities, and her common-sense approach to difficult conversations. There is no doubt her spirit will live on in all our future quilting endeavors.
The last time I donated to Docks & Ducks was in 2019 for their annual fundraising auction. It’s so frustrating that COVID once again stopped good things from happening. While the organizers are holding a smaller affair this year, it’s good to see that they are starting up again, and hopefully will be on their way to Guatemala soon, once again.
Finally. My first backpacking adventure of the season. Yes, a bit late, but because of all the smoke, we wanted to wait until the air cleared. And it was worth the wait! Just a one-nighter, but a fantastic trial run.
Hopefully there will be more to come….but with snow coming, it may have to wait until next year.