Monday, November 30, 2009

Jo-Ann Fabrics Helps Katie's Comforters Guild!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter about Katie's Comforters Guild and sent it to four members of the executive board of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Inc. I thought that perhaps one of them might be interested enough in what we are doing to pass the letter on to the appropriate person in their corporation. Well, not one, but two of them forwarded the letter to Lisa G., the woman who is Jo-Ann's Director of Public Relations.

One of the most exciting things that has happened to me since our Guild began is the contact that I have had with Lisa G. She is interested, caring, compassionate, understanding and inspired to help us.

Lisa has sent 50 discount cards to our Guild!

These cards are for Guild members* to use when purchasing materials for making blankets for the hospital. They can be used over and over again. The cards are authorized by the corporation, so all that we need to do is fill out the back of the card with:

1. the member's name,
2. the Guild's name and
3. our Guild's Tax Identification number.

Bring the discount card, with your Guild Membership Card, and a piece of photo identification (your driver's license, etc.) with you when you go to any of Jo-Ann's Fabric and Craft stores to shop for materials. Show the discount card to a cashier, with your Guild Membership Card and photo ID (it needs to match the name on your Guild Membership card), and you will receive 10% off of your total purchase price, including regular-priced AND sale items!

Here is a big thank you to Jo-Ann Stores' board of directors for sharing my letter with Lisa G!

and thank you to Lisa G. and Amy W. in the Public Relations department of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores for sending the discount cards!

If you are a member* of Katie's Comforters Guild, and would like a Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores discount card, please leave a comment here, and I will send it to you. If you are not a member, and would like to join our Guild, please leave a comment here, with your email address, and I will send an application to you.

Let the shopping begin! *

*Please remember that the discount cards are only for Guild Members' use, for purchasing materials for Katie's Comforters Guild projects.


Elizabeth said...

Wow. This is so generous! I am happy that Katie's Comforters Guild is getting the recognition and help it deserves!

Renee said...

Karen that is very exciting. Congrats and good job on that corporation.

Karen you would love Nadalene and Angelique, I have no doubt.

I will totally send you a picture of us all.

Karen can you send me your home mailing address again on a separate comment and I will delete it.

Love Renee xoxo

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love it when I hear of a big company doing kind gestures like a 'mom and pop' store would. This is great news. I will have to shop at JoAnn's more often now and give them some more business!!

Karen said...

That is so heart-warming! It just makes me feel good to think about it. How wonderful that they are making it easier for people to show they care with a quilt. This must really comfort your heart.

Anonymous said...

What a generous thing for JoAnn's to do, but what a worthwhile cause!
=] L.

AnnDeO said...

I know you have emailed me before, but I would like to join the guild and could use a link to the application. Hip hip hooray for Katie's Quilters.

karen gerstenberger said...

Thank you for these encouraging comments.

DeAnn, I left a comment on your blog with my info, because the Guild Association's form doesn't allow you to specify which guild you want to join. Would you please delete it when you're done? Thank you!

Anonymous said...

That is so wonderful! Great idea - way to go! Lots of blessings to you guys this holiday season!!