September 6, 2011
When a tragedy strikes, like the wildfires in Central Texas that are still happening right now, many of us want to know what we can do. In the beginning, it’s sometimes unclear. What are the immediate needs? Money. Food. Clothing. But once you collect them, where should they go? The Austin American Statesman made a great list of organizations that are helping to get what is needed where it needs to be. The basics are what seem to be needed the most right now. I guess when people have lost everything, everything boils down to the basics. What do we have? What do we need? Are we all here? Are we alright? Beyond that, there’s nothing right now.
It often surprises me to see how immediately people react to disaster. Instantaneously. Like the wildfires themselves. And the desire to be helpful kicks in. It’s so beautiful to witness and now with social media being what it is, it’s there for everyone to witness in a moment.
The Modern Day Quilters at Valli and Kim Quilt Shop, responded instantly, with the skills they have, they have started a quilt drive with the goal of a handmade quilt for every child who has lost their home and needs something tangible to hold onto, something to snuggle, to cry into, to lay under, something that will feel like a little bit of home. The basics.
Here’s what they say on their blog…
Families have lost everything, let us start to rebuild their lives with a
This weekend in central Texas, hundreds of people have lost their homes,
families have lost everything. This is where I live.
I want to give every child who has lost everything a quilt to sleep under.
One simple, but real thing to help families get back on their feet.
My goal is a quilt for every child who lost their home.
Will you help me?
Heather is in, are
Quilts should be at least 45” x 60”, although twin size bed quilts are
Please ship quilts to Valli & Kim Quilt Shop, Attn: Wildfire Quilts, 700
West Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. If you have questions, please
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in Austin, I’ll pick the quilt up, just send me an email.