Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Just a thought - Siblings Together

Delma from Siblings Together emailed me this week to say that one of the quilts shipped from abroad had incurred a customs charge of £44.  Siblings Together cannot afford to pay these charges for the quilt and we are both concerned that more charges may come along as quilts arrive in the UK.  We are hoping to be able to reclaim the charges but the position is not clear as yet.

And so I had a thought.  I wondered if anyone who could afford to might like to help Siblings Together with these charges and make a £5 donation.  Nine of us could pay for this first set of customs charges and, if Siblings Together does succeed in recovering the charges, well then it can go towards buying tents for the camps or warm fleeces for the kids.  To donate, you start at Siblings Together and click on the piggy bank on the home page which takes you to a BT (British Telecommunications) donation website.  You do not have to register and the process is as quick as buying fabric online (you see how I am trying to guilt you into doing this).



If any of you are able to help Siblings Together out with a donation, however big or small, I would love it if you would leave a comment on this post so that Delma and I know who to thank.  Delma and I have already been blown away by the overwhelming generosity of the quilting community towards this cause.

22 comments:

  1. It isn't much, but I'm so glad you told me about being able to donate, because I couldn't help any other way, and I really wanted to do something for this wonderfully thoughtful project.

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  2. Let me know if there is any outstanding and I can donate from the funds we have collected so far http://www.indiegogo.com/quiltstogether?a=557779.

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  3. I've been wanting to participate, but I was concerned about shipping costs from the US. Thanks for giving us another way to help out. The donation process was WAY faster than any online quilt shopping I've ever done!

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  4. I have been billed by customs for items brought from the US to the UK too. It needs to be made clear on the customs ticket exactly what the item is for and who it is for. If it cost $30 to make a quilt but to resell it would cost $100, put $30 and not $100. Value is so subjective. I have successfully appealed all bills sent from customs so good luck.

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  5. Maybe it would be a good idea to write a bit about how best to fill in the customs forms so that they dont incite charges? I think alot of people write selling prices as values when posting their items which could cause lots of problems as even gifts can only be valued at £40 I think before there is a charge! Bloody customs!!!

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  6. What a pain! Hopefully this will all be cleared up soon. Donation process is easy, ladies. Go for it!

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  7. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Just Done! I think what you're all doing with Siblings Together is fab. I haven't got involved because there was no way I thought I'd manage to make even a quilt top in the time frame. x

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  9. That's just horrid that your customs is charging for charitable donations to a registered charity! I'm going to send a quilt along soon and I think the postage will be rather a whopper, so let me wait and see how that goes. Here's hoping folks who are inspired but not able to send a quilt can chip in a few $$ to help with the customs fees for the quilts others are sending. Thanks for helping the rest of us make a difference, Lynne!

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  10. I was packing up my quilts for mailing tomorrow. Any thoughts? Maybe I'll wait until next week until things are clarified a bit more?

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  11. I first want to know what batting, backing and shipping of my quilts and blocks is going to cost. I hope all not quilt(nlock) making peeps will donate some Pounds! It’s such a bummer that a charity cause needs to pay custom services for a charitable cause.

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  12. What crazy charges! Heading over to donate now =D

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  13. I think one thing to do is mark the package as a gift with very little monetary value. At least that is what I have done with international swaps and never had a problem.

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  14. Oh I want to add marking the package as a gift is the most important part.

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  15. Done! Glad you suggested donating. I live in NZ and toyed with the idea of sending a quilt but the postage is so ridiculous. It's a great cause and I love seeing the beautiful quilts people are making/donating.

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  16. Done. I stil have hopes of getting a quilt to you (I'm in the UK) but I'm not sure I can find the time - so I'm glad to help in this way.

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  17. Do you have any more information on how to make the parcel coming from the US?

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