The minute I heard about the Oso landslide I got busy reaching out to the quilting community and initially asked for 300-500 quilts and right away I cannot believe it, but people asked, 'why do you need that many there aren't that many that survived.' Seriously? If you are that callous, don't donate, it is as simple as that!
So to all
who keep questioning me for whatever reason let me say this. Oso had a
population of around 180 people and 5 of those have rescued as of today.
A baby was
found this morning added to the number I believe of 17, I am not
keeping up with the news for numbers. Now that would mean that those
that perished could have a wife, husband, mom, dad, sibling,
grandparents that were not there and are affected by this. So lets just
say all 180 had 2 surviving family members.
There is 360 quilts needed just for those family members.
Snohomish County Sheriff's office has 265 sworn members and I am pretty
sure many of those helped or are helping and seeing things they will
never see and were not prepared for...now we have a need for 565 quilts.
heard there are locals from Arlington and Darrington that are helping,
so they are seeing things they will never forget and lets say there are
at least 100. Now we are at over 600 so I underestimated the need for
If you are
worried then all I can say, is don't be. We will gets these quilts to
those who need them if it takes me 2 trips or 200 trips, I am going to
deliver all I get until I am told they are all covered or they don't
need anymore and then the rest will be used for 911 dispatchers in need
and other tragedies.
If you do
not want to donate, then please, don't. I am not going to twist your arm
but I would like to ask you one question and I don't need an answer
give to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way do you know if the
money you really gives stays where you want it to, do you know if 100%
of the money you donate goes 100% to the rescue efforts? Hmmm, I am
thinking you might be surprised at those answers.
I am not
saying don't trust those agencies, all I am saying or asking really, is
why are you so worried? I post pictures and I will post pictures.
I am not a
mind reader, I don't know how many we will really need but then again
when the Red Cross or United Way says they need $1,000,000,000 for the
area, do they really know they need that much? Could it be more? Yes it
could and probably will be. Could it be less? Yes, it could and if it
is, are you going to ask for your money back? No, you are happy they
will use it later when they have a need.
I so love
and appreciate all of you, but I cannot answer this question anymore it
is just to much to answer everyday a question of my honesty and
integrity. While I encourage people to be safe, I don't expect people
to daily try to tear this organization down either!