Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas and parts of Louisiana, leaving thousands of residents homeless. The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, which is normally filled with quilts and quilters during the annual International Quilt Festival each fall, is currently sheltering almost 10,000 people who are sleeping on cots spread from wall to wall in the massive building.
The physical and financial impact of Harvey will become clearer after the rain stops and the area can assess damage, which is already predicted to be the costliest in U.S. history.
Cash donations to help aid victims are critical right now. If you are able to help, contact the Red Cross to donate.
The emotional impact of this storm is something that will likely be far greater than any physical loss. Quilters know the healing power of wrapping up inside a comforting quilt! As the waters recede, the shock wears off and reality sinks in, a quilt made with love can serve as a warm hug and testament that someone cares!
Several APQS Stores are teaming together to open their rental machines to any quilters who would like to complete quilts to comfort Hurricane Harvey victims.
APQS Austin will serve as a collection point for quilt donations, and will ensure that the quilts are distributed to those most in need.
If you have questions or would like to help at one of these locations, contact:
APQS Austin—Susan Rubino
APQS Dallas—Connie Keller
APQS Oklahoma—Brenda Shreve