I have awesome friends

Last spring, a huge tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, and took out a good chunk of the town. Among those directly affected were the parents and brother of my roommate from college (and still good friend), Beth. They lost pretty much everything: home, cars, belongings. The destruction was so bad that not only was their house razed afterward, but the foundation—which was too damaged to support another structure safely—was removed as well, and everything was filled in . All that remains is a flat empty lot with a driveway apron (the small ramp-like part leading from the curb to the main driveway) going nowhere.

Fortunately, none of Beth’s was injured. And the things they lost were, after all, just things—most of which could be replaced. But among the irreplaceables were items that Beth and her brother had made as children. When I asked Beth, “What can I do for your family?” she replied that some handmade Christmas decor would be much appreciated.

So I sent a note to my local knitting group, and right away several people volunteered to make something. One friend, Ann, is in the middle of downsizing/reorganizing and sent four boxes of Christmas stuff to Beth’s parents. (I checked with Beth about this before giving Ann the go-ahead to ship so much. Beth says there are holiday drives in progress in Joplin right now, so whatever her family can’t use or share with friends will surely find good homes with other people affected by the tornado.)

Other friends created items especially for Beth’s family. From the top : various ornaments from Katie, knitted owl and ball ornaments from Gina, a set of knitted accessory ornaments from Ruth, and a knitted stocking ornament from Beth (not the Joplin one).

All of this stuff (along with something I made) went out to Joplin early last week. Just in time for the holidays!

6 Responses to “I have awesome friends”

  1. Paton 05 Dec 2011 at 5:33 pm

    What a heartwarming story!

  2. Deborahon 05 Dec 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Oh these are so cute and adorable and what a wonderful thing to do for those who have lost so much. Thank you for sharing this story. It’s awesome to see people coming together to assist in bringing so holiday cheer to complete strangers.
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  3. Ginaon 08 Dec 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hope they are swiftly recovering! Glad to help!
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  4. Cap Jon 12 Dec 2011 at 9:57 pm

    That’s fantastic! Much love!

  5. KatieJon 16 Dec 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Z and I loved making them!
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  6. Bedeon 18 Dec 2011 at 1:29 am

    Oh, thank you so much to all of you! Thanks for organizing, Marsha! It has meant so much to my family and to me! They received even another box today from Linda. Just when you think the world is a hard, horrible place, beautiful people come along and restore your faith in humanity. Marsha’s right–in the end, it’s stuff and the important part is that we’re together for the holidays, unlike so many others. Yet, we (my family and I) are humbled and honored to receive such wonderful gifts.

    Marsha, you are an awesome friend!

    Will call when I can stop crying. :)