By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the wildfires in California and about Paradise.
I recently got an email from a blog reader and charity supporter, Tina. You might remember Tina as the blog reader who sent me goodies. Read about that post here if you missed it.
Tina writes:“I never thought that this would happen!
My home and all my charity quilts (quilts in progress and fabrics) have been destroyed in the Camp Fire. I even had a few boxes of fabrics, books, and patterns ready to send to you, sitting in my basement. They are gone! I am so sad. I can’t even express the depth of mental anguish.
I have been sewing for 60 years. I haven’t been without a sewing machine for all that time. I feel naked and lost without being able to sew every day, and without any quilts to snuggle under.
I am mourning my library of sewing books, dvds, vhs tapes, my longarm and sewing machines, fabrics i have been collecting for years and years, my projects, my grandmother’s handwritten sewing instructions, handmade gifts and sewing bags from my sewing friends, my sisters scissors, tools and projects from my deceased friends, so many items that can never be replaced. Each day. I remember things that are gone and I start mourning again.
I am grateful that we survived this inferno that destroyed my home.
But no one is talking about the grieving, the sadness, the PTSD from driving thru the flames and the overwhelming grief and despair from having no place to go and the loss of community.
We are still trying to track down sewing friends not knowing if they are alive or dead. 631 still missing as of this morning.
What to do next? Forms to fill out. Agencies to contact. Where are we to go? All my family lost their homes and are spread across the state. Thanksgiving is next week and it won’t be spent with family and friends.
Starting out all over again is terrifying. We worked all our lives to build up for this retirement and now everything is gone and we don’t know where to go!
Sewing is my comfort and joy. Making for others stabilized me, and made me happy. Sewing with friends was a special event.
Finding a place to live is the first item on my agenda but my heart wants to be sewing!I Please consider us as one of your new charities for quilt donations.
I’d be happy to help facilitate donations. My hotel is filled with evacuees.
Don’t get me wrong, i am grateful to be alive with a roof over my head ( over 52,000 evacuees). I am grateful to have the pictures you emailed me of your face receiving my donation boxes that i can look at.
Life is so overwhelming and exhausting right now. I need to rebuild and have a plan. Maybe you can help me with that by getting some quilts to these families.
Thanks for letting me ramble.”
Well people. That’s a call for help. What can we do??
I have an address that we can send quilts to. Tina will get the quilts and get them out to people ASAP. Let’s wait to send sewing goodies until she has a more permanent place to stay.
I have three quilts here right now that I am boxing up to be sent out. As time allows around here I’ll try to get a couple more on the frame and quilted.
Do you have any charity quilts you could spare? This is worthy cause for sure!!
If you do, drop me an email and I’ll pass along the address to you. I only had baby quilts here. I’m hoping someone has lap or larger sized tops. I did get an update from Tina. She writes:
“Just got sad news that 98 members of my local quilt guild lost their homes! All those charity quilts, longarms, sew machines, and fabric lost. At least we can thank God that all of us are alive!”
Oh my what a blow. This has to be super hard as most of the time, it would be sewing friends, helping sewing friends on a local basis but with so many without, they do truly need out help.
Here’s my email address. firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll pass along Tina’s address if you have QUILTS ONLY that you can share with her.