Oh my goodness. So much commotion going on in our world. And too much suffering. So much that needs doing, but sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start. I’m a strong believer in just doing something to make a difference wherever we can. No one can do it all, but if we all do something, a lot gets done. One of my favorite thoughts: “By small and simple things, great things are brought to pass…”
After reading Dana’s heart-wrenching article about helping with the hurricane/flood clean-up in Houston (and knowing there is SO much more of this to do in places like Florida, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) I decided to pick something and just do it. I have a ton of quilt samples stacked up in a closet in my basement, which feels a bit ridiculous right now when so many people have lost everything. I’m selling them with all funds going to disaster relief. More details on that below.
I think it’s easy to feel paralyzed to even know where to start. If you feel like that, then I invite you to just pick one thing. That’s enough.
Honestly, the best thing you can do is donate money. If that’s an option for you. We love quilts, but often the greater immediate need is things like diapers, clean clothes, and a new roof. Donations allow much needed $ to be used most efficiently where the need is greatest and to go back into the local community at the site of the disaster. Sometimes the distribution of goods can cause more challenges for over-taxed relief agencies. (post update: Please read Elaine’s experience in the comments section.)
There are lots of reputable organizations who can use that money effectively to help the most people. Some places you could donate are: One America Appeal.org and The Red Cross. Feel free to share others in the comments.
But if you feel like putting your hands to work too, here’s the start of a list of organizations collecting quilts and similar items. Helpful tip: make sure you have contact and are working with an agency who is soliciting specific needs and has plans for the distribution of those items.
Diane of From Blank Pages has accumulated a list of local shops and resources in Texas that are collecting and distributing quilts.
APQS shops in Texas and Oklahoma are also collecting quilts and offering long-arm services to finish quilt tops.
Check with your local quilt shop to see if they are collecting donations. My local shop here in Utah, the Quilter’s Lodge, is accepting new an unused quilts, bedding, and pillowcases for any of you Utah locals.
If you know of a way to help or other organizations helping with disaster relief, please leave a comment below (click on the word bubble in the top right of this post, next to the heading) and I’ll add them to the list.
As I mentioned, I’m selling 14 quilts (5 minis, 3 crib quilts, 5 large throw-size quilts, and a quilt top). I will cover the shipping so that 100% of the sales total will be donated to disaster relief.
I’ll also donate 100% of all the sales of my PDF patterns between now and Monday, October 2.
(I’ve chose the LDS Philanthropies Humanitarian Aid fund who partners directly with the Red Cross and local disaster relief agencies. Because administrative costs are covered by volunteers, 100% of the money donated goes directly to disaster needs and local suppliers. But if you buy a quilt and have a different organization you’d prefer your donation to go to, I’m happy to do that! Just let me know your preference.)
Feel free to reach out to me with questions if you want more details about any of the listings at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I will be off the grid and unable to access email on Friday, but will get back to you asap on Saturday.)
I’ve also listed 5 copies of the book Scraps Made Simple. All proceeds from those book sales will also be donated.
Hopefully I can get these quilts in the hands of someone who will enjoy them and funds donated to help those in the greatest need.
What the world needs now, is Love, sweet Love…
Thank you so much to so many of you who are already ahead of the game and doing so much. I’m grateful for your big hearts and marvelous examples.