Thursday, April 16, 2015

Illinois Tornado Quilts

I mentioned in my last post, that I'd give any info on quilts for the tornado victims in Illinois.  Here is the info that I sent to both of my quilt guilds, on where to send quilts.

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I just got off the phone with Janice, the founder and Exec. Director of Quilts of Compassion.  This is the group that Peddlers Way worked with for the Washington tornadoes, and who they are working with again for the tornadoes near Rochelle/Fairdale. 

Quilts of Compassion is working with Quilters General Store in Rockford, IL as a drop off point for quilts.  They need the quilts delivered there before May 7th.  I will be making a trip there, to take any completed quilts on either May 5th or May 6th. 

Quilts of Compassion has been doing this kind of work since 1999, with disasters all over.  They have a Facebook page (open to see for those of us that are not on Facebook). Quilts of Compassion



Quilts of Compassion requests quilts that are lap size or larger (twin/full), and more for men and women.  They do NOT accept Holiday quilts, since they have found that it reminds the person receiving the Holiday quilt of all that they lost. 

All the quilts that we donate to them WILL be distributed in the Illinois areas that were affected by the tornado's last week.  Quilts of Compassion will be working these areas May 7th - 10th, and will come back if needed the next week. 

If anyone has any more questions, please contact me, or Quilts of Compassion.

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I know that many of us (me included) don't Facebook, but, Quilts of Compassion's page is 'open' so that anyone can view it.  Quilts of Compassion works all over the country.  They also keep quilts on hand, to have ready for a crisis like this. 

Quilts of Compassion also takes afghans, for those knitters and crocheters out there.

The news today reported that there were 11 tornado's that touched down in Illinois.  Two of those tornado's devastated 2 different communities.  Quilts of Compassion will work to get quilts to everyone that was affected by these tornado's, not just those in the two communities.  They will keep working until the job is done, even if that means multiple trips.  Quilts of Compassion are still working with the people of Joplin, Missouri, since there are still many people that are still trying to rebuild their lives. 

9 comments:

  1. I saw this on Sarah's blog too and shared information with my local quilt quild - hoping some quilts will come out of our area. I have two I am posting out tomorrow.

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  2. What a wonderful charity. Thanks for the info.
    Hugs

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  3. Thanks, Cheryl. I'm a misplaced Texan, too.

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  4. Quilts of Compassion is an awesome charity. Thanks for much for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I don't think I can get one there on time as mail delivery is so stinking slow. I'm going to look into it though.

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