We had a 21st birthday party yesterday for one of my lovely nieces so we drove to Melbourne on Friday and I delivered 34 quilts to the people who are sending another truck to Emerald this week. It was a very good way to be able to send so many quilts without having to pay so much postage. The previous 9 quilts I sent on last week's truck have also gone to Emerald as the team of workers decided to take them inland to the towns which were badly affected as assistance seems to be more concentrated along the coast and around Brisbane.
The young men who are doing the clean up were apparently very worried about how they gave out the quilts as they were trying to give one per household. Then they met an elderly lady who is in her 80's and her daughter, probably in her 60s and when they heard that the two ladies are living in their car and they have no bedding or really anything else, they gave them each a quilt. Actually I think the ladies were allowed to select a quilt they liked. I've passed on word to the wonderful young men who are doing such a wonderful job that of course they did the right thing. I know their hearts will guide them where the quilts should go and where they can be of the most help.
I believe that this week's quilts numbering 34 will also be given out in Emerald and although it's only a small amount so far at least 49 people in those areas will have a quilt for comfort. Unfortunately I have paid work to keep me busy in the next couple of days but I'll be sewing as much as I can in between time.
Thank you all for your wonderful donations and please know that you are making a difference. The two quilts shown here were from donated blocks and Jill from New Zealand also added a label to the back of one of her QAYG blocks and I thought that was a great idea if anyone else wants to do the same when they're sending some.
Hugs Jan Mac
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