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Oklahoma Tornado Quilt Relief

On May 20, 2013, a monster tornado with the highest EF5 rating hit Moore Oklahoma, with winds topping 200 mph. 13,000 homes were destroyed or seriously damaged.

Mission of Love and eQuilter are partnering to bring a truckload of disaster relief and comfort quilts to Oklahoma on July 10.

As of June 24 we have received 400 donated quilts from all over the US, and even as far away as London and Switzerland.

Patty Reed Designs and EE Schenck have donated 400 tote bags to go with these 400 quilts, so each quilt will be packed in a tote bag. Many thanks for this generous donation!

You can help by sending your donated comfort quilts to Mission of Love, or dropping them off IN PERSON at eQuilter's warehouse in Boulder Colorado, by July 1st.
(Do NOT ship to eQuilter, only ship directly to Mission of Love.)

Please note: the deadline has been extended because the trip date is now set. Luana and Mission of Love will distribute through our Oklahoma contact, on July 10th.

You can also help us purchase disaster relief supplies by donating funds via PayPal directly to Mission of Love, so we can buy in bulk and load up that truck ahead of time.

You can send your donations and quilts to;

Mission of LOVE
2054 Hemlock Court
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Or you can make a monetary donation via our Mission of LOVE web site; www.missionoflove.org via Pay Pal.

www.missionoflove.org

Please join our hands in order to extend our hands to those in need via our Mission of LOVE for the " LOVE of MOORE. " Kathy Price and Luana will personally hand deliver your donations of quilts and monetary donations to the real people in need.

READ QUILT GUIDELINES BELOW ON THIS PAGE PLEASE!

IMPORTANT: eQuilter is managing the public part of this effort, so all queries need to go to eQuilter Customer Service (Dana) at service@eQuilter.com

Mission of Love does not have an office staff to answer emails or phone calls. Be sure to get a tracking number on your package to confirm receipt! Thanks!

We will be posting photos of donated quilts, and in July we'll post photos from the trip, at:
eQuilter *QUILTS for OKLAHOMA*
http://www.flickr.com/photos/luanarubin/sets/72157634238654411/

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May 24 Update:
eQuilter *Hurricane Sandy - 1777 Quilts Received*

Thank you to Timeless Treasures and owners Ellen and Dave Brown, for providing the warehouse and staff to receive, process, store and distribute these quilts for Hurricane Sandy victims. We are so grateful that we could partner with you in this relief effort!

This project has ended and the last batch of quilts are being distributed this week. We are now starting a quilt relief drive for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes last week.

Many thanks to Joy McKeon from Harris Publications who has helped to transport donated quilts to distribution points.

Here is a list of organizations that have received and distributed your donated quilts to those in need - thank you Quilters - and thank you Joy!

--The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department
--Breezy Point FDNY
--Fire Departments, Community Center and Churches in the following towns: Breezy Point, Queens; Far Rockaway, Queens and Island Park, LI
--Community Center in the Edgemere section of Far Rockaway
--Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach Brooklyn - they were distributing them at a church event in a local Latino neighborhood reaching a community that doesn't frequent this Y much (this Y is located in a predominately Russian neighborhood).
--Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn - a tent area where residents come for food and supplies.
-- Far Rockaway Nazarene Church as I've read they are always in need of supplies. They serve hot meals daily and provide a clothing, food and supply pantry to the neighborhood that has been hit hard by the storm. The minister said those quilts would all be gone the next morning.
--Santa for Sandy organization in Midland, Staten Island

Hurricane Sandy Photo page:
eQuilter *QUILTS for
HURRICANE SANDY*


http://www.flickr.com/photos/luanarubin/sets/72157632121717400/

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OKLAHOMA TORNADO QUILT RELIEF -
PLEASE NOTE VERY IMPORTANT GUIDELINES:

Please do NOT ship quilts to eQuilter!
Drop off at eQuilter IN PERSON, or ship directly to:

Mission of LOVE
2054 Hemlock Court
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

You can also drop off quilts IN PERSON at the eQuilter warehouse during business hours:
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

eQuilter
5455 Spine Rd, # E
Boulder, CO (in Gunbarrel)
303-516-1718


All quilts must be NEW or Like-New, CLEAN, with NO ANIMAL HAIR and ODOR-FREE.

Do NOT drop off unfinished quilts!! - we cannot finish them and they will be donated locally.

Do NOT ship unfinished quilts to Mission of Love.

THANK YOU to all of you who are sending clean, beautiful, healing, warm quilts for Oklahoma tornado victims! Your generous gifts of love will be in the hands of those who have lost everything, as soon as possible.

If you are sharing this project with others (especially online groups) please SHARE THIS LINK so everyone has all the guidelines - they are there for a very good reason.

After carefully reading through all of our guidelines, if you STILL have a
question, please do NOT contact Mission of Love.

All queries should go directly to eQuilter Customer Service at:
service@eQuilter.com


QUILT SIZE:
I'd like to suggest that you make bed-sized quilts for families who have
lost everything.

The smaller sizes below would be a minimum size for that size bed - the
larger size is obviously a more generous sized quilt.

Small Twin - 65" x 85"
Larger Twin - 75" x 98"

Small Double/Full - 80" x 88"
Large Double/Full - 83 x 106"

Small Queen - 86" x 93"
Large Queen - 102" x 112"

We will of course accept crib, lap or king size quilts, but we suggest you
aim for a twin, full or queen size if possible.


You can find FREE PATTERNS for this project at:

eQuilter Pattern Page -
eQuilter FREE PATTERNS for Oklahoma Tornado Victims*

http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_patmain.html

Timeless Treasures Pattern page -
Timeless Treasures FREE PATTERNS for HURRICANE SANDY*
http://www.ttfabrics.net/patterns/


IMPORTANT:
If you wish a confirmation of delivery, then you will need to ship with a TRACKING NUMBER. For security, do not mark the box with the word "quilts".


IMPORTANT: Please read all of this information carefully and if your
question is not answered, you can contact eQuilter Customer Service at
service@equilter.com


FAQs:

How can I stay up to date on this project?

To receive the latest *Oklahoma Tornado Quilts* updates in your Inbox, you
can subscribe to our eQuilter newsletter at:
https://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/ur_registerform.html

If you missed the newsletters, you can still read them online.

Weekend newsletters are posted at:
http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/secure.html

and midweek Creative Nudge is posted on my blog:
http://www.luanarubin.typepad.com/


What kind of fabrics should I use?

Think about making something that will bring beauty and peace to the
recipient, who may have lost everything they owned.

Consider backing it with flannel if you have it on hand, for warmth.
Don't be afraid to piece together the batting from your batting scraps (butt
the ends together and join with a zigzag stitch) or even piece together the
backing.


Should I label my quilt? How will they know who made it?

Be sure to put your name, address, and a message of Hope on a label,
on the backside of the quilt. Even if you don't hear back from the recipient,
they will surely read your message of caring. Use a permanent waterproof
pen like a Pigma or Sharpie, write on a light colored fabric, use a double-sided
fusible and hand-tack for security.


Can I send only a quilt top? Do you have any longarm quilters who might be able to help finish a quilt if I give a quilt top?

We appreciate the idea, but we can only accept finished quilts. Due to the great need, we will accept tied quilts, but we encourage you to do a minimum of basic quilting if possible. (stitch in the ditch)

We do expect that there will be longarmers who would like to team up with those making quilt tops, so we encourage you to put out this query to your local quilt guild, or even to an online quilt community. Our plate is full with the organization, so we won't be able to help match you up with a longarmer at this time.


Can I send other items like baby clothes or diapers? What about Fleece
blankets? Crocheted blankets? Pillowcases? Stuffed Animals?

At this time we'd like to focus on the most urgently needed supplies.
Please send either quilts or donate money to Mission of Love to help pay for
disaster relief supplies or other basic needs. If you wish to donate a pillowcase,
that can be the cover for the quilt.

Can you post my pattern design for others making quilts?
We appreciate your generosity, but we need to stay focused on the
project details on these pages. Our quilter friends don't seem to have any
lack of ideas for comfort quilts!

Is it OK to use your logo or image "Oklahoma Tornado Quilts" with the link
applied to it on blogs and websites?

Yes it is ok to post the project logo and LINK on blogs and websites.

We encourage you to pass the word to others, but PLEASE make sure they go to this information page so they can follow our guidelines and help this
relief project to be efficient and successful!


I live outside the US. Can I still participate?

For those of you living outside the US, yes you can ship directly to Mission of Love.

IMPORTANT: Please read all of this information carefully and if your
question is not answered, you can contact eQuilter Customer Service at
service@equilter.com


In case you are new to eQuilter, in addition to raising over $1 million for charity over the years,
http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/Charity.html
we have coordinated many thousands of comfort quilts donated and delivered over the years for 9/11, Katrina, Haiti and Japan tsunami survivors.
http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/quiltsforjapan.html

Feel free to share this link for our project, with any individual or guild who you think might be interested in participating. The bottom line is - yes you can start planning and making the quilts you'd like to donate to Oklahoma tornado victims.

Our humble and sincere thanks to those of you who have helped in the past, and those of you who will help with this effort.

It has been my experience with this type of disaster, that bed-sized quilts are what is most needed.

We will accept lap-sized quilts and crib quilts, but we really encourage you to send at least twin or full sized quilts for those who have lost everything. We want to keep these people WARM for the winter, so if you can send it soon that is best, but we will continue this project for many months.

We will not be accepting afghans, pillowcases, or other non-quilt items. We want to stay focused on our goal of collecting and distributing 5000 quilts.

See our page for last year's quilt drive for Japan, if you'd like to get a preview of how this project will unfold.

- Copy and paste this link:
http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/quiltsforjapan.html


Thank you!!! - Luana


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