We are asking for your help again for completed quilts for Syrian refugees in Jordan and for the Forgotten People of the Navajo Nation in Bennett Freeze area of Arizona. The need is urgent because both of these groups live in areas where the cold, winter months are approaching rapidly and both groups are living in tents or houses without heat.
We have been sending quilts to the Syrian refugee children ongoing this year. Right now we are trying to collect 75 quilts by mid-December for shipment to Jordan to a camp that houses refugees from ISIS and the Syrian war. While we commonly think of the Middle East as being all desert and extremely hot, the camp is in northern Jordan where the winters are very cold. Many of these refugees escaped Syria with only the clothes on their backs and are currently living in tents. Last year several babies died when the temperatures dropped to freezing. Our quilts are not only welcome and appreciated, but also lifesaving in some instances. This initiative is being handled out of Lovettsville, VA.
The second initiative is to gather 100 quilts by Christmas for Navajo children and elderly people living in the Bennett Freeze area of Arizona. Again, you may think of Arizona as being hot and arid, this is not the case for this area in the winter. Winter temperatures here are already in the teens and just this week dipped to 12 degrees. Many of these residents live in homes with no electricity, heat or running water. Last year we provided quilts to this area, but we have been asked to provide more quilts for people who didn’t receive them in 2013. We have been told that they were very much appreciated for their warmth and beauty. This initiative is being handled out of Bear River City, UT.
I know it’s a busy time of the year for many of you right now. However, we hope if any of you have some finished quilts for either of these groups, that you could help us out. Also for those of you that picked up fat quarters for the challenge at IQF, now would be a good time to complete those quilts and earn more chances for the monthly $25 gift certificate drawing from Fat Quarter Shop.
All of us at QBB wish each of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you will consider our rather urgent plea for quilts at this time. If you have quilts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
All the best,