Sunday, December 4, 2011

Elephants for Joplin

In May of this year an EF-4 tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri; killing 116 people and leaving many more homeless. Whole neighborhoods were destroyed. The school in Joplin had it's roof taken off and a hospital was damaged. But that is only half the story.

CeeCee contemplating what yarn to use next.

Joplin has an angel wrapped in a pretty small package. CeeCee Creech is a young lady from Kentucky who saw the news story about Joplin's tornado damage on TV. CeeCee wanted to make a difference, but like most families in this economy her family doesn't have the resources to donate cash. So CeeCee made a plan; making Elephants for Joplin. CeeCee has been knitting since she was four years old.  To date, CeeCee has made 19 elephants and raised $3,400 dollars for Joplin, Missouri's recovery. To learn more about CeeCee's Elephants for Joplin, watch Lexington 18 news story on CeeCee. She also occasionally gives away an elephant on her Facebook Page.

One of CeeCee's creations.

I asked CeeCee's mother how long her daughter planned to make elephants for Joplin and she said,

"We have a few other plans in the works but she feels like God has called her to help Joplin so we’ll do stuff there as long as He asks. Craig Groeschel ( pastor) says in his book Weird that we should ask God to give us a burden for something…and our “burden” is Joplin. I can’t imagine NOT helping."

So there you have it folks, CeeCee is an in the flesh angel. Lets not forget her mother who has guided this bright gem to not just have sympathy for those who are in need, but to also take action. It's easy to have empathy for those who have felt the bitter touch of loss. It takes great inner strength to actually do something to help.

CeeCee and her mother would also like to invite all Crochet and Knitter's to join her Ravelry group and craft for Joplin.
Drop by CeeCee's Facebook page and offer her a hug and encouragement. She deserves all the love and support you can give her. 

 We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.  ~Luciano de Crescenzo


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