Friday, May 27, 2011

Joplin, Missouri quilt guild needs our help


Deb McConaghy, one of my friends from the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild, contacted me today to ask me to publicize this. She had been looking at photos of the devastation caused by this week’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri. The list of the dead topped 130 today, and she started wondering if Joplin had a quilt guild. Turns out that they have two. She was able to get in touch with one member of Joplin’s Town and Country Quilters Guild, who reported that 4 of their 70 members have lost their homes. 

Photo courtesy KOMU News
According to Gloria Park, the contact for the Joplin Town and Country Quilt Guild, the guild provides lots of quilts for the needy, but one of the houses lost in the tornado held all their supplies for making these charity quilts. Gone were rotary cutters, cutting mats, batting, fabric, irons, everything. 

Can you help? If so, please ship materials to:


Gloria Park
2921 N. Hickory
Joplin, Missouri 64801 

They have storage provided free by U-haul so they can store items there. If you ship things to Gloria, she will make sure that they get to the guild. The need is now greater than ever, and as you know, quilters will pitch in whenever there is a need or a crisis.

Gloria says that they would welcome checks made out to “Bed Bath & Beyond” or “Block by  Block Quilt Shop” where they could purchase the bigger items that would not make sense to ship. Finished quilts and quilt tops would also be welcome, and will go to those affected by the tornado.

Since my mother died in January, I have been wondering where to donate some of my mom’s quilting supplies that are duplicates of my own. Now I know. I’ll be packing up a box to send next week. I hope you will join me. 

UPDATE (June 13): The Joplin guild reports that it has been absolutely buried in fabric and supplies, to the point that they can’t accept any more right now. If you have already donated supplies, thank you SO much for your generosity. If you have not donated yet, but would still like to help, please consider a monetary donation to the American Red Cross earmarked for the Joplin tornado relief fund. All my thanks to my generous, kind, wonderful blog readers! – Susan

18 comments:

  1. I can help. I will pack a box tomorrow. Thanks for posting this information.

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  2. can we donate directly to the quilt shop in their name???? or send them a joanns gift card so they can order what they really need???

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  3. Can't imagine life without stash! Posted a message on my blog and link to your blog.
    Will be sending something next week.

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  4. I'll send irons, mats, rotary cutters and fabrics

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  5. I think that is a wonderful idea and have seen other addresses on other blogs. I will have to go through my room and see what I have that can help.

    Debbie

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  6. I am packing a box right now. Thanks for letting us know that we can help!

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  7. Regena: All I know is what my friend told me and put in my post. I'm sure a donation to the quilt shop in their name would work, and be very welcome. I don't know if there is a Jo-Anne's near them.

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  8. Well, there USED to be a JoAnn's. Unfortunately, JoAnn's was in the path.

    Block by Block quilt shop in Carthage Missouri or Bittersweet Quilts south of Joplin would be more than glad to take donations for the guilds.

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  9. I am a member of the Town and Country guild and thank you for your kind post. I also want to correct some information. Four (4) members lost their homes, not 40 (thank you God). The information about our community quilts is correct. Last year our guild donated 172 quilts and 90 bibs and burp cloths. And to answer a question by someone..the only JoAnn's store in town was destroyed. Thank you again for your help.

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  10. We lost our JoAnn store in the tornado. The closest one is an hour away but they could always shop online if needed. Thanks for all you generosity. Both guilds do great work in the community.

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  11. I am glad to have this address and the idea to help someone. I can't get over this poor town and what can happen with nature. My heart goes out to all of them

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  12. Thanks to the members of the guild who have written to clarify things. I am so glad that it was 4, rather than 40, members whose homes were destroyed.

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  13. I am looking for the Joann employees at Joplin Missouri. If you are an employee please contact me on facebook. Danielle Pfeilmeier. I work at store 377 in Atlantic beach florida.

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  14. Thanks for posting this. Our guild (Cotton Patch Quilters in Athens, GA) is putting together a box of goodies!

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  15. Hi All...Just thought I would let you know that JoAnns in Joplin was hit by the tornado.

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  16. Hi from Sydney Australia - I have a few quilt tops I would be happy to send - with security into your country it's doubtful I can send pins needles and sissors etc so hope the quilt mtops will help.

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  17. I posted complete information about donating to the Town and Country Quilters through GloriaPark on this webpage: http://www.okeefes.org/Joplin/Joplin.htm

    Jo O'Keefe, Carolina Shores, NC

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