Thursday, May 16, 2013

Texas Needs Quilts

Texas had to wait until daybreak to assess the damage caused by a string of tornadoes that touched down Wednesday night, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. At least seven people remained unaccounted for Thursday morning, Hood County spokesman Tye Bell said on Thursday.
In Granbury, Texas, about 65 miles southwest of Dallas, about 50 people were injured, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said at a midnight briefing. Of those, 14 were admitted to the hospital, and two were transferred to a hospital in nearby Fort Worth. Another 50 gathered at an elementary school in the town of about 8,000 to "have their injured children examined by paramedics," the Associated Press said.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, many homes in the hardest-hit neighborhood in Granbury—Rancho Brazos—were constructed by Habitat for Humanity.
“Most of the neighborhood is heavily damaged to destroyed,” Deeds said. “Very little is untouched.”
More from the AP:
Behind one house in the storm's path sits a detached garage stripped of much of its aluminum siding, the door caved in and its roof torn off. Siding was scattered up to 50 yards away, and bits of fiberglass insulation draped on a fence. A tree behind the house was stripped of most of its branches, and a vacant doublewide mobile home on an adjoining lot was torn apart.
Videos uploaded to YouTube show the Granbury tornado:
According to the National Weather Service, another tornado about a mile wide tore through Cleburne, Texas, about 25 miles southeast of Granbury. There were no reports of deaths and no immediate reports of injuries, according to Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain.
Yet another tornado touched down in Millsap, west of Fort Worth. There were no injuries there, either, though hail as large as grapefruits was reported.
A Vine video shared by Granbury resident Amy Castaneda showed a large piece of hail from the storm.
At least 10 tornadoes touched down in north Texas Wednesday, weather officials said.

**I do not have an address at this time or know how many dispatchers, police/fire personnel lost their homes, but I do know there is a huge need to reach out and help these families.

Lets get quilting ladies and get them out. As soon as I have contact I will post it here and while you are sending your quilts, lets include some nice tuck ins with them. I have listed a partial list of what is asked for during disasters that many don't think of:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze and Tape
  • Disinfectant wipes for cuts
  • Bug repellent (Avon is the best and smells better & no, I am NOT an Avon rep.)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Feminine products
  • Baby wipes
  • Crayons and Coloring Books for children
  • Word search for older children and adults
  • Stationary/Stamps
  • Etc.
Yesterday I posted about Mary's group and I was advised she has a web-site where you can find strip quilt patterns to make quickly if you need to, just head over to My thanks to pcflamingo for bringing that to my attention.        

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