Project Fireman, an ambitious cooperative effort, was initiated
by Linda Sirks and brought to our attention by Susan, one of
its participants. She informed us, "Linda lives in New Jersey
and so was very close geographically to the attacks on the WTC.
At the time that I joined the project, Linda was recovering from
back surgery, and had some spare time to devote to this. Now,
though, Linda is back to work full time and also has three kids
at home ranging in age from 10 to 15, so her hands are really
full. She is, indeed, a woman blessed with an enormous amount
of patience and dedication!"
A Fireman's Prayer
The design being stitched is called "A Fireman's Prayer,"
which Linda made as a birthday gift for her own husband in 1999
when he was a volunteer fireman in Albany, NY. Linda elaborates,
"It's all about people from all over the world stitching
the Fireman's Prayer. After the events of Sept. 11, I sat in
my living room and just cried. Looking at his piece, I thought
how wonderful if I could stitch it for all the families who lost
a fireman. It was my hubby who said, 'Well why not go on the
web and see if anyone else wants to stitch and you just might
get 343 other people who want to help out.' So that's what I
A Fireman's Prayer
When I am called to duty, God, wherever
flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever
be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it's
too late or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
All the stitched pieces will be given to the families of firemen
who perished in the Sept. 11th attacks. Linda adds, "I know
that each of those men who went into those buildings never once
stopped to think about anything other than saving someone's life.
I want each family of those men to have the "Fireman's Prayer"
hanging in their homes to know what a wonderful man their loved
one was. The designer of the piece is Jean Lanning of Art Ventures
and she was wonderful to allow me to copy the prayer for those
who wish to participate in the project."
Enable me to be alert, and hear the
And quickly and effectively put the fire out. I want to
fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard
my every neighbor and protect his property.
Linda is committed to completing
this project, but needs more volunteers to do so! Susan
states, "I'm sure Linda has worked more than one of these
pieces herself. She has also arranged for donations of frames
and mounting supplies. I myself have been amazed (and discouraged)
at the number of people who were able to say 'no' to this! It
is quite an amazing project and I am enormously proud to have
any part in it. It would be wonderful to find more stitchers
to participate to help Linda along, with something that will
mean so much to so many grieving families."
And if according to Your will, I have
my life, please bless with Your protecting hand
my children and my wife.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for this project can contact Linda
E mail: LS816@aol.com or
By joining the loop she has set up: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ProjectFireman/
by Liz Dillon
|| Patriotic Snowman Stocking
For more information on the designs shown, please contact:
Tapestry Tent Designs
Address: 561 East Garden Drive Unit J
World Trade Center Memorial Quilt
Photo Courtesy of USA Today
Franklin - The Record
The World Trade Center Quilts are an ongoing project
that, when completed, will consist of five quilts. Initially,
Kathie Baumgardner, the WTC Quilt project coordinator, had hoped
to have them completed in time for the first anniversary of the
tragedy, September 11, 2002.
Kathy has had to revise this schedule; she explains, "I
haven't received enough squares to complete all 5 quilts, so
now stitchers are being allowed to stitch more than one square
and we are looking for more volunteers to help out.
| Lois Beattie
|| Francesca Bennardis
The deadline has been moved to March 1, 2003. This will allow
us the time necessary to receive enough squares. The stitchers
participating in this project felt it was more important to complete
all 5 quilts rather than just to complete one WTC Quilt by the
The quilts will be presented to the local areas affected
by the terrorist acts at the WTC, PA, DC, the NYPD and the FDNY.
Details will follow as to exactly where they will be hung.
|| Jacquie Berger
Kathie was also the coordinator for the Columbine Healing
Quilt Project. Those quilts were delivered on the first anniversary
of that tragic event.
|| Kari Boardman
For more information and if you would like to volunteer to stitch
a square, contact Kathie at:
E Mail: Kathieb@wtcquilt.com
Websites: WTC Quilt Homepage: http://www.wtcquilt.com
WTC Quilt Bulletin Board: http://pub92.ezboard.com/bworldtradecentermemorialquilt
WTC Quilt Webpage: http://www.geocities.com/wtcquilt/
You can find links to the Columbine quilt and the newspaper
articles that appeared about it (and Kathie) when it was finished
and presented, at:
Special thanks to Rainbow Row Graphics for providing the photograph
from USA Today by Thomas E. Franklin ~ The Record, for use on
this website. The ribbon graphic shown on our Home Page was made
by Rainbow Row Graphics. Pat is a Canadian, who wanted to show
her support for the U.S.
Plea from the organizations that are helping those affected
by the American Tragedy of September 11, 2001:
Your Help is Needed. Please Donate Now! While we are all
deeply saddened by the tragedy of Tuesday, September 11, you
can help now by supporting the relief efforts. Relief organizations
tell us that they most need cash donations to fund special resources
and personnel. To make a donation or learn more about these organizations,
links for them and others can be found at:
American Red Cross
September 11th Fund
The New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund
New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund
Twin Towers Fund
WTC Police Disaster Relief Fund
The Survivors Fund - Washington, D.C. area
Robin Hood Relief Fund
New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund
The Fund for Public Schools - WTC School Relief Fund
100% of your donation will go directly to these relief organizations