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John Morris posted a topic in The Veterans Corner and Causes ForumThe cause As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from October to the end of the year of 2017 that involved the Gold Star widow and her two children as assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays - 2017 The donation During the project we witnessed many forms of heart felt giving, from the actual raffle ticket purchases, to the exchanging of the winnings from one member to another. Every step of the way, everyone who participated in this project performed heroically, I want to thank everyone once again for their giving, and participation in this very important annual tradition of ours. Thank you! Sometimes, things happen in these projects that are, well, just pretty danged cool, and one of those things was the shipment I received from Patriot Woodworker @honesttjohn. The shipment contained one blanket for each member of the Merlo Family. These blankets were hand made by Mrs. Mordus, (spouse of John Mordus aka honestjohn). John informed me the items were on their way, and I was expecting them, but what I was not expecting was the handwork that went into this operation. My own mother is a crocheter, I grew up with the craft, so I understand the time and heart that goes into this craft, the blankets of Mrs. Mordus were knitted. I am showing images of the work the night before we shipped the gifts from our home to the Merlo Family. I want to apologize for the image quality, it was late, the lights were dim in our home, shortly after I took these pictures our kids wrapped each blanket individually and put a name tag on the gifts before we put them in the shipping box for delivery the next day. This knitted blanket was made for Mrs. Merlo, the knitting is exquisite and detailed, can you imagine spending the time that it takes to make every single tiny square and creating those squares methodically around each heart. I had a chance to feel this blanket, it was very soft, and it had considerable heft to it as well, I was tempted to wrap myself in it but my heart said no, the first wrap should be performed by the honored recipient, Mrs. Merlo. Look at those tiny knitted stitches The hearts The following are images of the blankets Mrs. Mordus created for the children, Camilla and Charlie, the baseballs went to the boy, and the butterflies went to the girl. Mrs. Mordus crafted a border around the fleece fabric of both blankets. This is a style of making blankets that my own mother has been wanting to do for sometime now, mom was over at this time, and she closely examined the borders to see how Mrs. Mordus fabricated them. I wish I had taken close up images of the borders, I don't know why I did not. At this writing I am right now kicking myself. Camilla's flutterby blanket Charlie is a baseball fanatic! And of course, do you think @honesttjohn could let that box of blankets ship without something from the shop! John installed a completely wonderful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo that he created. This was unexpected, a beautiful touch to an already incredible shipment for the Merlo Family. I am not sure what the box was made from, it may have been John's trademark Pine that he uses in many of his plaque projects, hopefully John will chime in here and let us know. And the grand finale, the Merlo kids with their warm blankets on Christmas morning. You can tell they are very happy. We do not have an image of Mrs. Merlo with her blanket, it was not provided, but I can surmise why we do not have that image, well you know how ladies are, early in the morning, just out of the rack, hair not straight yet, I am sure the image is out there, but Mrs. Merlo surely wasn't going to let that one get out! Without further adieu, the kids Charlie and Camilla and their cherished blankets. (these images shown here, with permission given by mom Merlo) Little Camilla showing off mama's blanket In closing Again, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, it was a huge success this year thanks to you all. And on behalf of our entire Patriot Woodworker community, Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Mordus for this very special gift, that will keep on giving to this family for years to come, as they curl up during cold season with these blankets. This topic is long over due, and I want to also apologize to @honesttjohn for taking so long to get this up and live, thanks for your patience John.
John Morris posted a topic in The Veterans Corner and Causes ForumFinal Debrief Once again I'd like to thank all those who participated and all those who sent positive thoughts and prayers to this wonderful project we held, and we will hold once again this year in 10 short months. Many of you did not win any prizes, but please keep in mind, the grand prize was helping the Merlo Family to have a wonderful memorable Christmas. So we all won in that regard! Thank you to all who participated! To view our project please visit this link Operation Ward 57 Adopt-a-Gold Star Family for the Holidays Project 2017 Raffle River hosted our raffle, you can see the total contributions by you, our supporters at Raffle River Patriot Woodworker Portal Total Raffle Proceeds and Expenditures Gross $2175.00 Service fees $66.91 PayPal fees $9.05 USPS fee $26.21 UPS fees $80.55 Gifts $1617.82 Check to Mrs. Merlo Disbursement to occur 01-23-18 $374.46 Balance $0.00 Fees Definitions Gross - Total contributions by you, our generous contributors Service fees - Fees charged by raffle system per transaction, for example, a $50.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $1.75 service fee attached. A $5.00 raffle ticket purchase had a $0.55 service fee attached. PayPal fees - Several raffle purchases were sent to us in proxy via PayPal, these fees are charges PayPal charged those transactions. USPS fee - Cost to send Ralphs Grocers gift card to the Merlo family. UPS fees - Cost to send boxes of gifts that were sent to us by our membership for the Merlo's. Gifts - The amount that was spent for the Merlo family. Check to Mrs. Merlo - The remainder of the funds in the coffers to be sent to the Merlos on January 23, 2018. (The Patriot Woodworker community will update this debrief topic with a copy of the check.) Balance - Account clear and closed. Gifts and Disbursements General children's gifts for Charlie and Camilla, ($653.27) see screen shots and pdf attachments. Disney gift card for a day at the park for the family in the amount of ($500.00). A Christmas meal Ralphs Grocers gift card in the amount of ($200.00). A set of house hold oils ($248.25) for their home as requested by Mrs. Merlo, these are the latest rave called Essential Oils. The organic oils are poured into a diffuser and steamed into the home. A check in the amount of ($374.46) to be mailed to Mrs. Merlo. Please open PDF's attached below to see gifts purchased, and shipping receipts. I am sorry but I cannot show screen shots of the PayPal fees or the Raffle River Fees for security purposes. If anyone is very curious of the Raffle River Fees and PayPal fees, please contact me in a private message and I'll do my best to disclose the fees via personal email. Questions? If anyone has any questions at all regarding this project, and how your proceeds were used, please do not hesitate to PM me or one of our admins, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To the best of my ability I have shown a full disclosure in this topic, if you see any errors or accidental omissions please feel free to call us out here by replying to this topic. I am not perfect, so I may have missed something. Screen shots of Charlies and Camilla's gifts you, our generous donors purchased the children. In closing We want to thank everyone again for their participation in this years Christmas project, we are very proud of how our Patriot Woodworkers, guests, and sponsors came to the table, and made this all happen. Thank you everyone!!!!!!! There are a few gifts that were sent to us by a couple of our members, to be shipped to the Merlo Family, we are going to showcase those items in a separate topic, they are beautiful and special! Mrs. Merlo contacted us earlier this week and she and her kids have been down with the flu, she stated she would like to send some pictures of the kids and some gifts, and a thank you, as soon as she is up and about. Meanwhile we hope you enjoy some clippings of emails sent to us by Mrs. Merlo: Attachments merlo_kidsgifts.pdf merlo_gifts.pdf
Our sponsors who made this raffle possible Introduction Our winners have been chosen and our sponsored family has already started receiving their gifts! On behalf of our entire woodworking community here at The Patriot Woodworker, we want to thank wholeheartedly every single member and guest and our very important sponsors Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools, for their participation in this grand annual tradition of ours, sponsoring a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star Family for Christmas. We are thankful for all the support this family received and all the wishes and commentary and positive vibes that were sent our way in order to help facilitate what probably turned out to be our most successful Christmas project yet. As a matter of fact it was so successful, we will sponsor two families next year! The Raffle As you all know our main source of funding this project was through our raffle. Our sponsors donated tools and machinery to this project, and those items are raffled off. 100 percent of the proceeds are used for the family project. Since this is a game of chance, your odds increase with the amount of tickets you purchase. We had some big purchasers, and we had some small purchasers, and we had purchases in between. But one thing all our raffle purchasers have in common, is they all have a huge heart! In that sense, all raffle purchases carry equal weight. In a perfect world, everyone who participated would walk away with a gift, but we also know for many that is not the purpose, they just wanted to help. Also, if you did not directly participate in this project, you have to understand, just by being a member here, and participating in our forum community, is in itself helping this project and our community overall, we need your daily participation and forum activity, without it we don't have a community! So even if you did not purchase a raffle ticket, but you are here being active, you are then a very important part of this entire community called The Patriot Woodworker. I guess what I am trying to say is, thank you, and thank you, we greatly appreciate everyone who participated, every single person who had anything to do with this raffle and we are completely grateful. The Winners So, without further adieu let us announce the winners in the order they were chosen! Winners, please use our private messaging service to leave your shipping address to receive your awards, we will also contact winners via email for notifications. If you are not a member, we will acquire your shipping address through the email notification, thank you! Laguna Tools Gift Certificate, $500.00 Value was awarded too: Herbert C. Stoops @Dadio Full Size Set of Easy Wood Turning Tools, $389.97 Value was awarded too: @Grandpadave52 Woodriver Benchtop Spindle Sander, $169.99 Value was awarded too: Allen Worsham @Allen Worsham Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, $139.00 Value was awarded too: Lewis Kauffman @lew Special thanks In addition to all the support we had for this project, we also have a few members we want to thank for their additional cheer leading and support for this project, please help us thank the following members. John Mordus @honesttjohn, donated two of his awesome carved veterans memorial plaques to the project for sale to benefit the family, the plaques were not selling so John decided to give the plaques to two members who purchased raffle tickets over the amount of 75 dollars, the final idea and offer came to fruition in the last days leading up to the closing of the raffle, and John helped push us over the 2nd millennial mark of our fundraising! We had a taker of this great offer, and he is @p_toad. Thank you Peter! To all our members and guests, one of the plaques is still for sale and the proceeds will be used for our current family project, so if you are interested in having one of these beautiful wall hangings, please go to The Plaques of John Mordus and leave a comment at the topic. We also want to thank John Mordus and Mrs. Mordus for donating a beautiful hand crafted knitted blanket for Mrs. Merlo, our Gold Star Widow and the Mordus' also donated two hand crafted blankets to each child, Charlie and Camilla, so they will have a warm and cozy Christmas morning wrapped in those blankets (pictures of the blankets to follow soon after Christmas), also John included a beautiful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo, thank you John Mordus and Mrs. Mordus for your contribution. Dean Walker @mosco22, donated a beautiful New in Box older Starret Tri-Square that we will have up for sale to benefit this project still. We have to the New Year to receive donations and gifts for the Merlo kids and mom, so soon we will have this wonderful example of a well preserved high quality Starret measuring tool up for sale. Thank you Dean for your wonderful donation, it's things like this that make our projects so much fun to see the interest and passion by our members, thanks again Dean Walker and we'll keep you informed of the sale and the transfer of the proceeds to the family. We also want to thank the the "Awesome Threesome" Patriot Woodworker's @Gene Howe, @schnewj, and @Chips N Dust, for their efforts to help push us over the 2000 mark in our fundraising. These gentlemen pledged additional funding to match for every dollar that was generated over the 2000 mark. This pledge went out around the 1700 mark and no doubt their efforts helped push us over the 2000. The goal was reached and true to the gentleman's word, they came through and provided the additional funding to match their obligations, thank you gents! In closing We want to thank you all again, and especially our own sponsors of our woodworking community, Woodcraft, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools. Our bills are paid and our annual projects are funded, all because of the sponsorship of our three retailers who support us all year long, every day, all day. We can never say thank you enough to these folks, we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Hey, did you all know! In addition to their support, @Catherine Helshoj (owner of Laguna Tools) and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools, also purchased raffle tickets to support the cause!!!! In addition to their annual support and project donations, they even stepped up to the raffle table and pulled the lever! Thanks guys! Raffle disclosures A full disclosure of raffle proceeds and expenditures will be displayed in a separate topic after Christmas. We could do it now, but we don't want the list of gifts and items to be shown publicly until after Christmas.
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