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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Quilters rally with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts

There's lots of news filtering in about quilters who have decided to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The creation of quilts for donation is a popular idea, as is the creation of quilts for raffle to raise money for relief funds.

Flickr contains several instances of posted blocks from Katrina quilts in progress.

The Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois) describes quilters hard at work on quilts for direct donation, as does Idaho Falls' News Channel 6. is currently sponsoring the Quilters Comfort America Project, which seeks to provide both money and quilts for relief purposes. Art Doing Good is a project sponsored jointly by Quilts Inc., Quilting Arts Magazine, and QuiltArt.

The American Red Cross is a great organization to which one may donate for any sort of natural disaster relief, although their donation page warns against the direct donation of items for use by hurricane victims.

The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to a disaster victims is almost always greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful way. Because of these cost and logistical concerns, we recommend that you support your community by donating these items to an organization that is equipped to put them to the best possible local use.

Quilt Channel will continue to spotlight hurricane relief efforts by quilters. If you'd like us to spotlight the relief efforts of your guild or local quilting organization, please e-mail planetpatchwork at gmail dot com.

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