Please note, this has been cleared with the mods.
It’s not looking much like Christmas at the Appalachian Artisan Center, a non-profit group that provides studio space, a retail outlet, and small-business support services for artists and crafters in the mountains. The staff pulled the Christmas decorations out of storage yesterday, and all the boxes were empty. Their tree is there, but some Grinch has made off with the tree topper, the skirt, and every single one of the ornaments, right down to the [del]last can of who-hash[/del] tiny hand-made baskets.
I don’t know what kind of wolves you have to be raised by to not only steal Christmas ornaments, but to steal them from a non-profit. Pretty assholish, unethical, shithead wolves, I guess. The sort who are awakened in the night on Christmas Eve by Santa Claus kicking them in the nuts, though I hate for St. Nick to soil his boot on such loathsome creatures.
The real blow of all this, aside from the loss of almost a decade’s worth of hand-made items by local artists, is this: being a non-profit, they have zero budget for replacing any of this stuff and thus are reliant on donations to have any sort of Christmas decorations at all. The other exhibiting artisans and I are doing our best to make up the loss, but we’ve only got 2 hands apiece, it’s a busy time of year, and it’s a 14-foot tree. We just physically can’t make enough stuff to do this by ourselves in a few weeks.
We need help. All the help we can get.
Please, if anybody can make a little something to send the Center, it would be hugely appreciated. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or elaborate; they would be thrilled to get a crayon picture glued to a mason jar lid with a yarn loop on top. Any donations can be sent to the address on their website.