AQG Sends Quilts to Midwest Tornado Victims

<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On May 20, 2013 an F5 tornado tore through the city of Moore, Oklahoma, destroying hundreds of homes, businesses and community buildings.&nbsp;People whose homes were in the path of this tornado lost&nbsp;most of their worldly posessions in a span of less than two minutes. It was devastating.&nbsp;Other tornadoes touched down in nearby communities, wreaking similar havoc and destruction for residents of those small towns.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;AQG held a Jelly Roll Race at our 4H Quilt Retreat Camp in February of this year, just for fun. At the end of the race we had enough quilts to cover the floor of our workroom – about 2-3 dozen quilts.&nbsp;You can see a photo of the winner of the first great AQG Jelly Roll Race, our AQG Jelly Roll Queen, in the photo gallery tab of this webpage. However, since we are quilters, most of us have more quilts than we personally need – we actually give most of&nbsp;the quilts that we make away to friends, families, persons in need of a little TLC! AQG members, like quilters everywhere, are generally warm and generous people who believe that a quilt is more that fabric, that a quilt can give both warmth and comfort to those in need.&nbsp;So, we decided to gather the Jelly Roll Race quilts from those who wanted to donate them to a worthy cause ,and have had them stored since February. Our members unanimously agreed at our June 2013 that we would send the quilts, 3 cartons full of them,&nbsp;to the victims of the tornadoes in and around Moore, OK through the group called 'Quilts of Compassion.'&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 'Quilts of Compassion' is a group of over 1000 volunteers formed in 1999 by Janice Grimes of Toledo, Ohio. In 1999 Janice Grimes lay in a hospital bed, despondent and overwhelmed with hoplessness and pain, after a horrific auto accident, until she received the gift of a quilt from the hospital chaplain. This simple gift of a quilt from a stranger provided Janice with not only warmth, but also the comfort , hope and encouragement that&nbsp;she needed during her trying time. For Janice,&nbsp;the&nbsp;gift of the quilt was life-changing. Following her recovery, Janice began 'Quilts of Compassion' that, to date,&nbsp;has distributed over 45,000 quilts to hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, retirement homes, Hospice, rehab facilities, at-risk youth shelters, homes for abused and neglected women and children, in missionary fields overseas and disaster relief here in the United States.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As this is being written,&nbsp;the 3 cartons of AQG quilts are on their way to the residents of Moore, Oklahoma, to let them know they are not alone in their misery; that&nbsp;even though the members of AQG are strangers to the people of Moore, OK, we are there to give them&nbsp;comfort, hope and encouragement&nbsp;in the form of a quilt, so that they might&nbsp;find the extra strength that is needed to face the trials set before them. After all, a quilt is a 'comforter.'&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;Adirondack Quilters Guild would also like to thank The Shippin' Shop, Ft Covington Street, Malone, for their generosity in providing packaging free of charge for all of the donated quilts to be shipped from Malone to Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p>To see a photo of some&nbsp;AQG members with &nbsp;some of the quilts that were donated to 'Quilts of Compassion' click on the&nbsp;Gallery Tab&nbsp; at the top of the AQG homepage <a href="www.adirondackquiltersguild.org"&gt;www.adirondackquiltersguild.org<… check the Communities Service album of that photo Gallery.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>To read more about 'Quilts of Compassion' go to <a href="www.facebook.com/pages/Quilts-of-Compassion/336600644288?sk=info…