Images and stories from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy—which caused severe damage in New Jersey and New York—continue to remind us that people will be left with challenges for many months, even years to come. Our hearts go out to the residents and volunteers on the East Coast who are picking up the pieces.
Craft communities have heard the call for help and have quickly sprung into action, organizing ways for quilters, knitters, crocheters, and sewists to help. And what do our tight-knit communities do to help in times of crisis? We make things.
Today we’ve collected information on several organizations that are doing just that—making things to send to those enduring the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Groups are asking for items such as:
- Items for pets (including beds, blankets, and sweaters)
Your time and your skills are valuable—and they’re needed right now. Visit the links below to find out how you can help.
QUILTING & SEWING ORGANIZATIONS
eQuilter 5000 Quilt Challenge for Hurricane Sandy
Quilters donated more than 3000 quilts for 9/11 survivors and more than 2000 quilts after the tsunami in Japan via eQuilter.com’s calls to action. On Tuesday, another call to quilters was issued: send 5000 quilts to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Read more about this massive relief effort and learn how you can be part of it.
American Quilter’s Society teams up with Project Linus in New Jersey
The American Quilter’s Society is spreading the word Blankie Depot, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, which is prepared to receive and distribute quilts through the New Jersey National Guard and other outlets. Their efforts will put quilts in the hands of those who need them most. Learn more here.
Bumble Beans Basics: Sandy has devastated much of our area – quilts and blankets needed ASAP
In 2011, Victoria Findlay (the quilt designer behind Bumble Beans, Inc.) spearheaded a quilt drive for the Acacia Network, an organization that helps people with transitional housing in the Bronx, New York. Quilters listened, sending in 700 quilts. Now Victoria is partnering with the same organization to help those hurt by Hurricane Sandy. They’ll find a place for any quilt you send, with plans to set up distribution points around Staten Island, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Learn where you can send your quilts.
Quilts sewn with rows of simple squares would work perfectly for the relief effort. Or, use the free pattern below to make quick donation quilts–you can use t-shirts, substitute fabric squares for the t-shirt blocks, or replace the t-shirt blocks with repeats of the pieced block.
Download the “T-Shirt Memories” pattern.
Some organizations are requesting specific quilt sizes, so be sure to check the details at the sites listed above before sending your donations.
KNITTING & CROCHET ORGANIZATIONS
Huffington Post: Sew for Sandy – Crafts to Aid Pets Affected by the Hurricane
As local animal shelters fill to capacity and temperatures begin to plummet, basic provisions for rescued pets are needed. Beds, blankets, and sweaters don’t have to be fancy, and they’ll warm pets who survived the storm—along with the hearts of pet owners. Read more about the Huffington Post’s call for knitted, crocheted, and sewn projects for pets.
KNIT-FELT-CROCHET-WEAVE for New York & New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Survivors
Two women eager to help hurricane victims have created a public event on Facebook to spread the word (one woman lost her home to Hurricane Irene in 2011). Knitted and crocheted mittens, hats, scarves, and blankets of all kinds are needed; they request donations arrive by December 1, 2012. Learn more about these two women and their mission.
My Merry Messy Life: Crochet, Knit and Sew Your Way to Help Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Sara, who writes the blog My Merry Messy Life, has organized a blog hop where people can share patterns and donate knitted and crocheted items needed most in the New Jersey and New York City areas. Cold-weather items are the focus, such as hats, scarves, gloves, socks, and blankets. Sara notes that both the homeless and those who’ve lost their belongings due to flooding need these items as soon as possible. Donations will be distributed by volunteers at the Barrow Mansion, a community center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Get links to project ideas and find out where you can send your donations.