Last Saturday morning I wrote a post, telling about a scam that I fell victim to. But today I get to share the 2nd half of that story: An amazing story of Redemption.
Little did I know last Saturday morning when I woke up, what would transpire in those next 48 hours.
In response to that Scam Story blog post, over the course of that weekend, astounding amounts of people came to my rescue! Literally. Friends of mine on IG posted (and re-posted) my story, and by 10:30 that Saturday morning I was being flooded with emails, heartfelt responses, and an outpouring of financial giving from you - family, friends, and this amazing quilting community (and even their family members). Each person giving out of the kindness of their hearts to help out a girl many hadn't even met before. It was unbelievable and I was blown away!
By Sunday evening, an astonishing $2400 had been raised, and I told my husband, "I don't know how to make it stop!"
The love and generosity you all poured out truly touched my heart and humbled me to my core. And what an amazing redemption story you all gave to me! Who would have ever known when I first found out I had lost all my "Bernina money", that something even better would come of it?!
I truly believe that God turned this into a testimony of how He is so powerful to act on our behalf. And the most exciting part? He used all of YOU to do it! What a thrilling thing. I tend to mentally limit God's ability to act to the few scenerios I can come up with in my mind. But how wrong that is! This situation was far and above anything I could have dreamed or imagined.
So the next morning (Monday) I set up an appointment to meet with a lady who was selling her Bernina 440 locally on Tuesday evening. I was so excited!!
However - God had even bigger plans.
Monday night I received an email from a lady who had given a donation that weekend, even though we were complete strangers. In her email she informed me that she wanted me to buy a NEW sewing machine, and that she was going to pay the difference. (from what I had raised, to cover the price of new). And she didn't take no for an answer. Crazy, right?!! Who does stuff like this? Only Dana.
At this point I felt like a cup being held under a faucet of blessing. I was filled to the brim, yet the blessing kept coming and now it was just running over the sides. (And I prayed and told God, "ok Lord, you can turn it off now!!")
Long story short, by the next morning she had called her local Bernina stores, checked online, priced things, had me call my Bernina store, and wanted it all arranged by the end of the day!
Late that night my husband walked through my bedroom door carrying a brand new Bernina 550QE from Thread Play, my local Bernina store here in Denver!!!
What a story of redemption, love, and a community pulling together for their own, isn't it?!
I don't know how to even begin to express my heartfelt thanks to each one of you who gave. There were approximately 50 donations, multiple re-postings of my story, emails from you who had found possible machine options for me, and so much compassion shown. You gave what you could, and I have to say, those $10 and $15 donations spoke volumes to me. I know what it's like to give all your eating-out money for the week. And I don't receive it lightly. Thank you for sacrificing for the good of someone else. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Every time I look at this machine, I am reminded of you - this community and family that I'm honored to call my own.
I'd love to give a special thanks to Kira (@quiltedkira) for taking it upon herself to set up a GoFundMe account, and who first got the word out there.
And especially to Dana (@danaquilts), who saw a girl with a story, and blessed me far beyond what I had dreamed of.
|Dana with her cutie-pie grandkids|
Thank you also to Erin (@twomoreseconds) for taking the first plunge to re-post my story to her (2000+) followers! And to all you amazing friends who re-posted and gave throughout that weekend! (I don't want to mention names - I'm afraid I'll miss someone - but you know who you are!)
And here's a quick tour of my sewing room (in our bedroom), for those of you who might like to see it...
So all this to say: thank you so very much to each one of you who showed me such an outpouring of kindness, compassion and undeserved generosity. I am forever grateful.
(if you missed the first post about the scam, you can read about it here)