Friday, September 02, 2005

Quilts for Katrina Victims

Tuesday night I was sitting and watching a movie and while I was watching, I was playing around and sewing on some more ATC’s. When the movie was over I flipped the channel to Fox news and was taken aback by the footage of the devastation of Katrina. I hate to say this, but before that time I had not really paid a lot of attention to what was going on in the aftermath of this storm. The longer I sat there and the more I saw I was so deeply saddened. My heart was just aching for all of those people. I looked down at what I had been doing and thought this is so silly. I immediately thought I have all that fabric just sitting in the other room, and I should be making a quilt for one of these people. And so I turned off the TV and even though it was already midnight I got to work on starting a quilt.

And when I checked my email the next day I had this information from AQS on making donations for victims of Katrina:

AQS members rally to aid Hurricane Katrina’s victims

All of us have watched in horror, as Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast this week. Quilters are always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. We are depending on that generosity as we launch AQS Quilters to the Rescue.

The American Quilter’s Society will act as a repository for quilts to be donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This will be a long-term commitment. We will receive quilts into our warehouse and pack them to be shipped on to the disaster areas, when and where requested by the aid groups. Our Paducah, Kentucky location is the perfect launch point for the aid. We are asking for completed bed quilts and baby quilts only. Do not send quilting supplies, wallhangings, or unfinished quilts.

With colder weather just two months away, quilts made with loving care, will offer comfort to those facing winter and rebuilding their lives. As many as a million people may be left homeless due to this catastrophic disaster. It is likely that many people will be in shelters and other relocation facilities through much of the winter. Quilts will be needed! So spread the word!

Send donated quilts to:
AQS Quilters to the Rescue
c/o American Quilter’s Society
5801 Kentucky Dam Road
Paducah , KY 42003

For those of you wishing to donate money instead, we suggest a donation to NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance). They will be providing long-term assistance on many levels. You may go to their Web site at or send checks to NOVA, 510 King Street, Suite 424, Alexandria, VA 22314, or call them at 703-525-NOVA.

For an optional AQS Quilters to the Rescue quilt label, go to and download the PDF. The label will be available on line on Thursday, September 1 st.

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