Quilting for a Cause
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Joy McKeon and I’m the new Managing Editor of Quilt. Recently I had the honor to help spread a little love, hope and encouragement sent from the quilting world to my fellow New Yorkers who are still suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to Luana Rubin and her eQuilter staff, in conjunction with Timeless Treasures Fabrics, the Hurricane Sandy Quilt Project was launched just days after the storm hit and the generosity of quilters nationwide has yet to cease. It’s been a cold winter and many residents in the harder hit areas of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island have been living without heat or full utilities since late October. The gift of a cozy, handcrafted quilt from a far away stranger not only warms their toes but also warms their hearts. Nearly five months later, at a point when the after effects of Sandy are rarely uttered on the evening news, just knowing there are people across the country still thinking of them means the world. The time, talent, energy and outpouring of love from individual quilters, guilds, and groups participating the Sandy Quilt Project is outstanding.
While delivering and distributing hundreds of these donated quilts to local firehouses, churches, shelters and community organizations I’ve personally seen the effect this generosity has on the storm victims through their huge smiles, grateful tears, and warm hugs. So to all of those who spent hours at your sewing machines, sending in your quilts and making this enormous quilt drive such a success I send you an even bigger hug and a hearty THANK YOU!
Below are a few photos I took of the after effects of Sandy in Breezy Point, NY and some of the happy quilt recipients.
For more information on the eQuilter Quilt Relief Project visit www.equilter.com