Thursday, September 1, 2011

Project Threads of Hope


Here’s a way to help survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami: Project Threads of Hope. This is the information from an e-mail I recently received from a woman I met when I spoke in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, earlier this year:

Quilts for Japan, a group based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a group of quilters and caring individuals dedicated to bringing hope and comfort to the people of Japan’s Tohoku disaster. Their shipment of more than 1,700 quilts has arrived in Japan and is being distributed by CRASH Japan.
 
According to Jonathan Wilson of CRASH, “With the continued long and difficult days the survivors face with no jobs to go or homes to run, depression and feelings of hopelessness are starting to overwhelm them. Their diminishing sense of well-being is of grave concern.”

To help provide something meaningful for the survivors to do and in an effort to try and uplift their spirits, CRASH is going to have its volunteers teach the survivors how to quilt. To make this happen, CRASH needs our help.

Quilters are asked to donate pre-cut quilting kits (as specified on www.quiltsforjapan.ca) as well as sewing and embroidery supplies required for the survivors to complete quilt, sewing, and embroidery projects the group is making available to them.

Whether or not you have ever quilted, sewed or embroidered, you can choose to donate any of various sewing and embroidery supplies which will serve to bring hope and a sense of purpose to a survivor’s day.
 
Help by spreading word of our efforts to your friends, family members, colleagues, local churches, quilt guilds and friends on Twitter, Facebook (Quilts for Japan Facebook group) other social networking sites.

For more information, please contact:

Bev Rogan
Quilts for Japan
Project Threads of Hope
info@quiltsforjapan.ca