If there is one thing I know -- it's that quilters have kind and giving hearts. I think it is in our DNA. We've seen it disaster after disaster -- Katrina, Japan's earthquake, Australia's fires, and now Sandy to name just a few.As you would expect, the troops are rallying and there is a need for warmth. Are we up for it? OF COURSE we are. So far, I've seen these two calls for action and places where quilts can be sent to aid the victims of Sandy.
American Quilter had this information about sending quilts to the Project Linus coordinator who will distribute. If you read this, you will see that this not your typical PL quilt for a child. Instead, they should be twin to queen size. All the info you need is included as well as contact information should you have a question.
Victoria Findley, who many of you may know as BumbleBeans, has been active in NYC with an organization she helped establish that provides quilts to people in shelters. They have expanded their outreach to include those impacted by Sandy. Her information is here and you will note they are asking for store bought quilts or blankets, as well. Contact information is also provided for questions.
As other means of getting quilts come to light, I'll be updating this post to include them. BUT, don't forget that the most immediate thing we can all do is donate to American Red Cross. It's so easy and provides much needed resources instantaneously. I do feel blessed to live in a country where generosity and caring are basic traits of most -- we just hear about them less than the slugs that are out there creating problems.
I hope you and your quilting are blessings to someone that needs it this week!
UPDATE -- here is additional information about another outlet for donating quilts to help out.
Long Island Chapter for Quilts for Kids.org. They are working with the local schools in Long Beach, pediatricians in the Rockaways, and the Community Outreach Center of Nassau Community Hospital and Winthrop Hospital. In addition, they are going straight to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Vehicles to give to people in need. They are asking for child sized quilts.
Quilts can be sent to Carrie Crowley Davis, Long Island Quilts for Kids, 304 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772. You can also reach out to Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW UPDATE -- Michele at The Quilting Gallery is matching up people who can't quite make a quilt but are willing to make quilt block(s) and others who will assemble and quilt. If time keeps you from making a quilt (or if you don't have one in inventory), this might be the way to help. Just check out the link and see what you might be able to do. Thanks.