Friday, June 3, 2011

Catastrophes and people who care

We all know that this Spring has been a pretty nasty one weather wise. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with the season. I long for Spring all winter long (I really hate the cold). But then it arrives in all it's glory, new greens, vibrant flowers, pollen and tornadoes. Tornadoes were pretty much foreign to me until 1998. I only remember one when I loved in NY and was not affected by that one. And now, here I am living in the south. Not quite tornado alley but...

At any rate, the past few weeks have caused much devastation and many deaths. Joplin, Mo was hit as was Tuscaloosa and Reingold. Judy Laquidara of Patchwork Times blog lives close to Joplin and several days ago proposed a way to help those devastated by the tornado. If you sent her a check for the red cross, you would be entered in a drawing for a quilt. I have watched her blog. And the checks have rolled in. The total collected is up to $9520. Quilters responding to others in need. Hat off to all who have participated. We open our hearts and pocketbooks and respond to the needs of people we will never know. Charity quilts, quilts of valor, quilts for Japan all those who sew for hospitalized children or people with cancer.

Who says the world is a terrible place-there are many of us who really care about others.

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