I got my first rejection letter today from my requests to all of those online fabric companies. The reason was there are so many people asking for donations and people wanting to make quilts and send them, but the real need right now is MONEY. You hear it on the news. When a tragedy strikes, lots of charity organizations start up and start asking people to make donations. Lots of people want to help, but don't know how. Lots of people are so willing to give when they don't know what else to do that they are really willing to open their wallets.
An example. A lady I work with lost $300 on Friday. Why was she carrying around $300 in cash at a high school? How did she lose it? I have no idea. But when everyone heard that she lost it, they opened their wallets and gave to her because they really like her. She is a very lovable person. She got back all $300 and maybe more because people want to help out when they know people are hurting.
So, back to the rejection letter. I was told that instead of making and sending quilts, I should send money to a reputable charity organization like the Red Cross. They are on the ground, they know the needs, they will spend the money wisely.
Yes, they will.
I was told that I didn't even know that the quilts would get where they were supposed to go.
Why should I be trusted.
When Katrina hit, I knew I had to make and collect quilts. When my friends were in Kazakhstan, I knew I had to make and collect quilts. When my friend was going to Rwanda, I knew I had to make and send quilts. It's just something I KNOW I have to do. Like breathing. Go ahead and try it. Stop breathing. It's just something you KNOW you have to do.
I teach at a high school right next to Travis Air Force Base. I have students who were stationed in Japan. They have family there. They have friends there. They have connections there. I work with a lady whose husband is a pilot for the Air Force. He has connections. The quilts will get where they need to be. I know the mayor of Vacaville. We have a sister city in Japan. He knows the mayor of that city. The quilts will get where they need to be. I will bake brownies if I have to if the quilts can't fly on the GIANT airplanes that are going to be going over the next several months.
I promise you, these quilts will NOT sit in a warehouse or in my garage or in a bag somewhere. They will get into the hands of children who need a hug.
Yes, there are other needs that these children have. The Red Cross will see to those needs. The Red Cross is not making handmade quilts for these children. And neither is our government. That is something I NEED to do. Just like breathing.