There’s something both heart-wrenching and beautiful about watching a location that has meant so much to our quilting industry turned into refuge for more than 9,000 people waiting out Hurricane Harvey. The George R. Brown Convention Center, home to Quilt Market and Quilt Festival every fall is a quilt haven for many of us. Its the place where we’ve spent countless hours dreaming up new projects for fresh fabrics, meeting again with distant friends and business partners, seeing the most awe-inspiring quilts in existence and its now a haven of a different sort.
People arriving there have left other shelters, been plucked from rooftops as the waters rise, have come on foot, by bus, and even by dump truck. The center is not at capacity, reports say, but supplies—such as cots—are limited. With Houston-area roads flooded, getting supplies in has been a problem. Additional mega-shelters will be announced as they become available, and many people at George R. Brown convention center will be relocated.
Our first urge is to wrap them all in a quilt. But that comes later.
The most effective thing you can do immediately is make a monetary donation to a reputable charity, such as Red Cross. (Red Cross is also organizing volunteers.)
If it is safe for you to travel to a local donation center, organizations are in need of cots, towels, blankets, diapers, and pet food.
The New York Times has an extensive list of reputable charities on local, national and online levels.
Please join The Quilting Company, and the rest of us at F+W, in doing what you can to help our friends in Houston.