Ever since realizing the degree of devastation, and hurt in Joplin, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to help and a way in which my blog readers can help if desired. I’ve come up with two ways in which you can help.
First, The Red Cross is, in my opinion, our best bet right now. I know that you can donate online or via text message but here’s how I’m going to handle the donations via my blog.
This quilt is Shadow Stars from the Weekend Quilts book. This is the quilt that’s pictured in the book. It is 68″ x 92″. I’m asking those who would like to participate to send to me a check or money order in the amount of $25 payable to The American Red Cross with “Help for Joplin” written in the memo area. I will collect all the checks and deliver them to our local Red Cross office. For every $25 that you send, your name will go into a pot and someone will win this quilt. Payments need to arrive in my mail box by June 4. The checks will be delivered to the Red Cross on June 6. The drawing will be held on June 5. If I receive more than 50 checks, I will do a second drawing for a second quilt and I’m thinking it will be this quilt. It’s 72″ x 96″. If we should get more than 100 checks . . I’ll donate a third quilt! Help spread the word, ok?
The second way to participate is to send completed quilts to me. Any size but please send new and washed quilts. At this very minute, the people there probably do not need quilts. They need food, personal toiletries, water and shelter but I’m thinking that before I leave here in mid-July, they will be in a better position to accept quilts. I will collect the quilts, hold onto them and then my plan is to drive through neighborhoods or get with friends in Joplin and try to give the quilts to those who are most in need and who, to the best of my ability to determine, will appreciate them. I’m not trying to be judgmental but when we tried to pass out quilts after a tornado in Kentucky, there were obviously people who were trying to get them to sell them and I’ll do my best to avoid that type situation . . though you know there are no guarantees.
I’m asking that the quilts arrive at my house by July 4.
My address is:
713 Timberbrook Drive
Nevada, MO 64772
Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks so much for wanting to help!