The domino effect of Book ‘Em North Carolina is one of the most gratifying aspects of the event. It often reaches to unexpected directions and touches lives throughout the year.
Carol Dean Jones, an author from a past Book ‘Em event, is an animal lover like so many authors and readers. She is the author of a popular mystery series that follows the lives of residents in a retirement village, many of whom enjoy quilting. Carol is also a quilter and while writing each book, she sews one that follows that book’s theme. A photograph of the quilt then becomes the book’s cover.
The seventh book in the series, “The Rescue Quilt,” is no exception. The main character becomes involved in animal rescue, providing transportation to animals destined for their forever home — much like the Robeson County Humane Society. Mirroring Carol’s life, the quilt group designs and creates The Rescue Quilt as a fundraiser for their local shelter.
Carol, a resident of West Virginia, has generously donated the handmade quilt to the Robeson County Humane Society to help raise funds for a new roof for the shelter, which is located on West Fifth Street in Lumberton.
The building that houses the rescue animals is more than 50 years old and the humane society was recently notified that the roof must be completely replaced. Estimates hover around $90,000 and the Humane Society will be raffling tickets for Carol’s quilt to help raise the money.
The tickets can be purchased for $10 each, or in sets of three for $25. Carol’s quilts for other nonprofits have raised thousands of dollars in the past, and each is unique.
To purchase raffle tickets, visit robesonhumanesociety.org or call the shelter at 910-738-8282. Better yet, attend the Bark at the Silver Moon fundraiser, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The fundraiser has free admission and you can tour the facilities, meet other animal lovers and enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The quilt will be on display there.
The book, “The Rescue Quilt,” will be released this month and will be available at all book stores as well as amazon.com. This light mystery, like all of Carol Dean Jones’ books, is free of explicit sex, violence and profanity.
Her Quilting Cozy series includes “Tie Died,” “Running Stitches,” “Sea Bound,” “Patchwork Connections,” “Stitched Together,” “Moon Over the Mountain” and “The Rescue Quilt.” You can learn more about the series on the author’s blog at caroldeanjones.wordpress.com.
The drawing will be held just in time for holiday gift-giving on Dec. 11. The Robeson County Humane Society will be celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the fall.
Over the past 25 years, they have rescued thousands of abused, neglected or abandoned animals by placing them into loving forever homes. They have also arranged for spaying and neutering of more than 4,000 animals for low-income owners.
p.m.terrell is the author of more than 20 books, including two award-winning series set in Lumberton. She is also the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina. For information, visit pmterrell.com or bookemnc.com.