Many of you have helped us by making quilts for Syrian refugee children living in Jordan. We have partnered with Gleaning for the World in Virginia and the Salaam Cultural Center in Washington. Both of these organizations have been receiving our quilts and delivering them when they return to Jordan. We always try to have the partnering organizations take photos of the delivery, but as you can imagine, that can be very difficult in some cases. Rita Zawadieh of SCM sent us a thank you note with a collage picture of the deliveries her organization has made over the last year. Not only do they deliver our quilts, but also medical supplies and warm clothing, etc. This is the thank you note that Rita sent:
To the wonderful crafters that made 2014 such a prismatic year for us, thank you for warming our hearts and thousands of Syrians. We continue to be blown away by the compassion and effort put forth by you remarkable individuals.
I might have told some of you this before, but when I was growing up my aunts and grandma would often knit/crotchet or sew items for my siblings and I. Every time I open one of your boxes, I’m reminded of those memories in Syria. We treasured those handmade goods, so much so that even when we escaped to the States, my mother remembered to bring one or two sweaters along (as seen in my kindergarten school picture, not included below). In a time where entire families are displaced across borders, you all are that aunt or grandma providing warmth and love to these Syrian children.
From all of us at SCM, we made this as a thank you and in hopes you too will be reminded of the impact you made in 2014. We honestly can’t thank you enough, and we look forward to distributing anything else sent our way in 2015! Rita
We continue to collect quilts for the Syrian refugee children. Just last month, our Regional Coordinator, Linda Mullins-Spirio in VA collected 150 quilts to Gleaning for the World for their next shipment to Jordan. We will have a blog post soon about that delivery.
Finally, we worked with Dave Galaway who does work with Christ the Center Ministries Primary and Nursery School in Kampala, Uganda. We only found out about his need in early October, I believe, and he wondered if we could provide quilts for the children, but he needed them by the end of November. There are nearly 250 children at the school. To most people, that would seem an insurmountable task, but for our wonderful quilters, you came through. Ann Drake, our Regional Coordinator in CA, collected over 150 quilts for the children. You guys are unbelievable! By the way, we will be coordinating another delivery in May 2015 most likely.
We have not received pictures yet from that delivery, but I wanted to show you a few of the quilts that I sent. Now I have an apology, with the holidays approaching last year, I took some of the pictures of the quilts out of the back of my car before taking to FedEx for delivery. I had actually just picked them up from Linda Brammer who had quilted them so quickly for me. Well with that rush, I forgot to write down who made which quilts. There is a possibility that a few of the photos are probably not identified correctly; I am really sorry. The quilts were made by Barbara Peterson, Kim Bennett, Donna Sciandra and quilted by Linda Brammer and Barbara Peterson. If you click on each picture you can see the names.
QBB would like to wish all of you a very happy new year! We can’t thank all of you enough for your generosity to help these children with the love and warmth that these quilts give. Cheers! Tina