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Friday, August 28, 2009

Blogiversary - You Helped

In March of 2008, I introduced you to my nephew Brock who is autistic.
I signed up with the rest of Brock's imediate and extended family for the Walk Now for Autism and held a fundraiser on my blog.
Many of you generously dontated your handmade items to be purchased during the fundraiser. Several gave monitary donations for Autism awreness. And more still sent encouraging words and took the time to learn more about Autism.
Brock's mother in particular was extremely touched that strangers would be so eager to help her sweet boy. I am greatful to all of you and continue to be amazed at how much can be done by a group of wonderful bloggers!
Read Day with Brock, a post when I visited Brock's class.
Watch a video of Brock and his parents.
Read more about Autism and learn something you might not have know about this neurological disorder for which there is no cure.
This post's giveaway:
WINNER: Joyce
Bakset hand woven by me! (see more of my baskets)
Charm pack: Portabello Market by Moda
Handmade Basket and A Charm Pack
To qualify for the basket and charm pack, leave a comment on THIS post.

39 comments:

Micki said...

I used to teach autistic children.They are so special. Happy Anniversary Mel!
Micki

Michele said...

More awareness and empathy are never bad things.

jabeybaby said...

What a cute basket!

belinda said...

Oh Mel...I am loving this! More GREAT memories!!!

Pat said...

I always wish the best for Brock and others with his syndrome. This is another great prize. Thanks for doing this!

La mamma curiosa said...

Thanks for letting everyboby know and think. we all need that.

larry7pokey said...

I have had three autistic children in my class over the years, each is endeared to my heart. Brock is blessed to have such a caring aunt! I love your homemade basket. and thank you for this opportunity! pokey

annemarie said...

I also worked with autistic children for many years - best years of my life - so many special memories.

Melody said...

Mel,
You are a wonderful person to spread awareness of Autism. My heart goes out to the children and their families.

I am sure I would pass out if I won that basket! I love baskets and charms!

Sew long,
Melody

Chere said...

Every child deserves a chance to be the best they can be! It's wonderful of you to share your giveaway with autism awareness--I love the fabric and basket!

Trisha said...

I love this walk down Mel's Memory Lane. I took my daughter shopping at a bead store earlier this week and saw an autism awareness charm while we were there. I held it in my hand and thought about Brock and all that my blogging friend Mel had taught me about autism. I love that you have made a difference with your blog!

Christine said...

awareness is so very important for all, your basket is so very cute

cheers
Christine

Doreen K. said...

Would love to have a basket woven by you.

Nancy said...

I will have something bigger and better for you to auction off next April.... you will just have to remind me!! LOL

Love the basket and charms...

Linda said...

I am a Cross Categorical Special Education teacher for students in grades 3-6. Every day is a new adventure--An outstanding book to help understand autism is "My Best Friend Will", by Tara Tuchel.

baglady said...

I am an occupational therapist in the public schools and I work with many autistic children. They are special gifts!

Annette said...

We have a little friend, Jacoy, who is austistic and he is a light in our lives. A great kid. It's wonderful what you are doing to help people learn about autism. The basket you made is awesome...what a fun skill you have.

tooznie said...

A good teacher really does make all the difference in the world. I'm glad you had such a good experience in Brock's classroom, I hope you have the opportunity to go every year (or more!)

Whimsical Creations said...

Love reading your blog and what you contribute by writing it. Happy blogiversary!

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Terry said...

You weave baskets? I used to but it's been a while. That one is a beauty! Love the charm pack too! Thank you! :0)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I loved getting to know Brock and loved helping!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! You made the basket? Ooooo I love the Portabello fabrics. Thanks for such a sweet post.

Kathy said...

This is really fun going down memory lane on your blog and all the super giveaways. I hope Brock is doing well.

Joyce said...

I use to weave baskets, before my daughter was born. Beautiful basket and great fabric. Thanks

Tina said...

I'm thankful that you let us into Brocks life and yours. Hugs,
Tina

Laurie said...

I like the way you've brought out posts from the past - it's nice to see what you've shared over the year :) Hope you are enjoying the celebration as much as your readers are - you have a great blog - I'm glad I found you!
laurie

Rebecca said...

Beautiful job on the basket! Thanks for the chance!

OsageBluffquilter said...

Moda how I love you! And what an adorable nephew!

dotti white said...

Mel...I love so much that you care and are involved in helping with Brock and others with autism! You are amazing1

Dawn said...

It is great you are spreading awarness for Brock and many other families who have autistic children!! You are a fantastic person!! Oh, and l.o.v.e. the basket!!

free indeed said...

I remember the special edition with Brock...it was very informative for those of us who don't know much about autism.
Again, happpy blog day....that basket will look great in my sewing room, possibly even in the den....

Stacey said...

he is adorable, your basket is awesome!!

Mama Spark said...

Your basket is wonderful. Your sharing is even better!!

luv2quilt2 said...

What a wonderful cause to be involved in.

Denise :) said...

Moda . . . yummmmm! :)

Susan said...

What a worthy cause. I recently started following you, so if you do this again, just let me know. I've been known to stitch squares for kids over at Love Quilts. It's always great to know you've helped a good cause.

arlette said...

Every child deserves the best, you're really kind!, your basket's cute

Barbara said...

Its great when family and friends can come together to support each other isn't it? My sister-in-law's family had a son with Tay-Sachs disease and although Dylan lost his fight, he and his family did (and still do) amazing things to raise awareness of the disease...the first step to fighting it.
Good luck to your family in their journey. Brock is luck to have a great aunt!

Loralynn said...

It was a wonderful thing that you did for Brock. I'm sure you really helped raise awareness quite a bit with people who have never had any experience with autism.