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