Normally, I say this at the beginning of my request for collections, but it slipped my mind until someone told me they heard on the radio that Okanogan County, does not want stuff shipped to them and that is 100% correct! DO NOT send quilts directly to Okanogan County.
I know you
want to help and somehow make it easier on me or cut out the middle,
but honestly they have no place to begin to store hundreds or even
thousands of boxes of stuff and trust me, during Oso tragedy, I was
given a tour of what stuff gets sent and sometimes it is not good, it is
as if someone said, 'oh wait, let me check my trash can!'
understand that I worked in the field of emergency communications for
over thirteen years as a 911 operator, trainer and as a Civilian
Emergency Response Team member. I know how important it is to wait and
let things go back to whatever the new normal will be before I go
rushing up there to drop off quilts.
is still on fire, many fires, many acres burned, fire fighters have
died, homes have been lost, hotshot crews flew in from New Zealand and
Australia to help put these fires out, it is a very dangerous place to
be right now. Shipping boxes now could bring more dangers as they could
be placed in an area that could burn.
connections in the area. I have been in contact with those that help
others and they have told me they need quilts, but they do not know how
many they will need as the fires are still burning.
told me they are working closely with the area around Lake Chelan that
has been burned and is burning and it will take awhile for them to get
back to me on exact numbers needed, but I do know we will need to have
many on hand when they ask us to bring them up.
patient and that is why I gave a deadline for end of September to mid
October, hoping to have many to deliver by then and to be given the okay
to travel to the area.
understand this is huge. Homes have been lost, lives have been lost,
animals have been lost, warehouses and businesses have been lost and
this isn't Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix or even Portland where they can set
up shop and start over again. This is a sparsely populated area where
there isn't any extra places to store things.
why, I ask early to begin our collections and then I wait patiently to
be invited to come and drop off what we have. I work closely with those
that know to set up a date and time for drop off and it has been working
this way since Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.
I hope this helps you to understand more how I operate!