Saturday, March 1, 2014

Who Would Steal from a Child? - I Feel the Love Project March 2014

When a jar filled with cash was stolen from a restaurant in a small Central California town, the restaurant owners and customers were shocked and dismayed. This was not an ordinary jar sitting on the counter for the purpose of leaving a tip – this was a special jar, filled with heartfelt notes and monetary donations for a very special little girl, 6-year-old Madelyn “Maddy” Gonzales, our I Feel the Love Project March 2014 card recipient. 

Diagnosed in the fall of 2013 with acute lymphocytic leukemia, Maddy often travels with her family – mom, dad, and older sister – for treatments. The stolen jar of cash, filled with donations from community members, would have helped to offset some of the expenses incurred by the family.
“I was sad when I found out,” Jessica Gonzales said. “Just to know that there’s people out there that would do something like that. I’m not na├»ve, and I know things like this happen, but when it directly affects my daughter, well, it’s just sad.” And what was Maddy’s reaction when she heard the news a few days later?

“She said ‘That’s just stupid!’ when I told her what had happened,” Gonzales said. “Then she said she was sorry for using a bad word; she doesn’t like saying ‘stupid.’ She’s a sweet little girl and for this theft to happen was just not right.”

 I Feel the Love Project- March 2014

After reading Maddy's story, we knew that she was our girl for our March project.  The exciting news for me is that for the first time since project #1 (June 2011), this is a local project for me and I get to hand deliver the box of goodies to Maddy.  That will be an extra special day!  

Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. If you would like to be a part of this month's project:

All you need to do is:

Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:

Madison Womack
IFTL Project
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423

Project #30

Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance.  This could never work with out you and all your continued support.  Spread the word!

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  1. What a sad thing to do!!!! Madison I will be participating this month , so is there a way we can help replace the money that was lost? xxx

    1. Yay!!! We can have fancy envelopes if we want!!!

  2. I am sadden that someone would do something like this... I am strong believer in prayer and I truly believe that the lord will multiply it(the money taken)....
    As always you can count on me.
    Sending my blessing to you.
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  3. This precious child has been on my heart nonstop... the story is heartbreaking (in multiple facets) and I am eager for her to receive our gifts, hand-delivered by you! The Lord will always repay double for our trouble and that begins by this outpouring of love. Brighter days await Sweet Maddy!

    Hugs and blessings,

  4. Thank you ladies for all the wonderful comments. Naomi, I will be posting a way to help with the money soon. I know they have several different ways to help, but I will find out what works best. Thank you!!

  5. This story just makes me want to cry! I don't understand the way some people behave, but thankfully, it's not my job to understand. Thank you for bringing this sweet girl's story to the crafting community Madison. I hope all the cards you collect will help to lift her spirits ♥

  6. Madison, it is just plain wrong for some one to steal, and especially from a child battling cancer! Shame on the thieves! I pray that they get to know and accept Our Lord who washes away all our wrongdoings. I'll be making cards also for Maddy.