As if the devastation from Hurricane Sandy wasn’t enough, the hardest hit areas are now experiencing snow and really cold temps. Many people are still homeless or have no power. There are quite a few efforts in the works in the quilting community nationwide to gather quilts and blankets for these hard-hit areas, one of which is being spearheaded by Victoria Findlay Wolfe (read her blog post here.)
Victoria is a friend of a friend, and that connection makes me trust that this is a valid effort to help. Sweet Home Quilt Co. will begin collecting quilts and blankets immediately to support this effort. I have been going through the supply closet today and pulling out retired shop samples, and I will be digging into my quilt closet at home tonight. Several people who saw my post on Facebook earlier today have already dropped off quilts at the shop. These quilts and blankets don’t have to be new (but please…in good condition and freshly washed!) and can be handmade or store-bought, all sizes are needed.
I thought it would be helpful to send many quilts in one box, rather than have many individual boxes arriving at the distribution point. Our first box will go out tomorrow, and I will send as many boxes as necessary to get all the quilts collected to the distribution center. If you’d rather send quilts on your own, all of the information is in Victoria’s blog post. Time is of the essence…these folks are COLD!
I know I have far more quilts than I will ever use, and I can’t think of a better use than to send them off to keep someone warm…especially someone who has lost everything in the Hurricane Sandy catastrophe. I hope you feel the same and will help with this effort…many thanks!