Regarding our fund-raising yesterday, Svensker passes along an email:
*****, I’m almost too overwhelmed to write. I am utterly agog. Over 200-some-odd people — utter strangers to me — have contributed to my health expenses through PayPal and as of right now it adds up to about $5,000! Tears are streaming here! I’m sputtering, blithering here, in amazement and gratitude and relief.
Please pass on my bottomless thanks to these wonderful people who chipped in whatever they were able to afford. I just can’t get over it. I wish I could make a quilt for each and every one of you! I’m afraid I don’t have the strength to thank you all individually, so I’ll leave it to you, *****, to let them know from me how humbling it is to see the goodness of the human spirit rise to the occasion at a time like this and give a frightened artist hope and strength to carry on. My very deepest, most awestruck thanks to everyone. You’ve all give me yet another opportunity to try to learn the grace of accepting generosity instead of resisting it, the most important lesson I learned from my breast cancer diagnosis in 2004.
Big love to all of you. I’ll never forget this.
Names redacted. At any rate, I would say that was a smashing success, and hopefully this will help her with some peace of mind as well as help with the financial mess she is in. Thanks to all of you who pitched in a hand, and hopefully she will be back to full speed sometime soon and back to quilting and trying to lead a somewhat normal life. And here is to hoping at least a portion of that is spent on a big piece of beef, some mashed potatoes, peas, and some cobbler.