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The CARON Collection Presents a
Special Designer Tribute to the September 11, 2001 Tragedy
- Part VI of an Ongoing Series

(Click here if you missed Part I, Part II , Part III, Part IV and Part V)


Project Fireman

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 did."

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 weakest shout
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 to lose
my life, please bless with Your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for this project can contact Linda at:
E mail: LS816@aol.com or

By joining the loop she has set up: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ProjectFireman/

 Patriotic Ornament Patriotic Santa Stocking    Patriotic Snowman Stocking
by Liz Dillon

For more information on the designs shown, please contact:
Liz Dillon
Tapestry Tent Designs
Address: 561 East Garden Drive Unit J
Phone: 970-674-0317
Fax: 970-674-0322
E-mail: taptent@frii.com

World Trade Center Memorial Quilt

Photo Courtesy of USA Today
by Thomas 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.

Lisa Berkshire     Sheryl Black

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 1st anniversary."

Michele Bellis   Sally Beckett 

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.

Angela Beaver   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.

Jennie Binnie   Kari Boardman  

For more information and if you would like to volunteer to stitch a square, contact Kathie at:

E Mail:
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
Salvation Army
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


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