UPDATE November 15, 2012: We received a message from Hillary Roberts saying that she has received inquiries from 25 states and Canada about sending relief quilts to New Jersey. The inquiries are coming from quilt guilds, quilt shops, and individuals. The need for warm quilts and blankets is still very great, so if you can help we are sure your quilts will be appreciated and loved.
As soon as the devastation of Hurricane Sandy became clear, AQS was flooded with requests from quilters for a place to send quilts to help with the relief efforts. Thanks to AQS authors Linda Hahn and Linda Poole, we have established a connection with the Blankie Depot in New Jersey. Hillary Roberts, who is president of Blankie Depot, is prepared to receive and distribute quilts through the New Jersey National Guard and other outlets that will put the quilts in the hands of those who need them most.
Blankie Depot normally distributes quilts to children from birth to 18 years of age. However, in times of disaster relief they serve all ages, genders, and counties without hesitation. According to Hillary, “The need is great and with cold weather and holidays approaching, requests will be greater than usual. Given the time of year, the heavier the quilt, the better.”
Please follow the following guidelines when sending your quilts:
- Quilts should be twin to queen sizes.
- Please include your contact information (name, address, phone and/or email.) Blankie Depot will try to let you know where your quilt is heading.
- Quilts should be machine washed and wrapped to keep the quilts fresh in transport.
Hillary Roberts, President
79 Jackson Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
If you have questions, you may call Hillary at (732) 335-9033 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You may also visit the Blankie Depot website at www.blankiedepo.org.
Thank you wonderful quilters! We echo what Hillary said to us, “Bring on the quilts!”