Monday, November 17, 2014

Update for Okanogan County

We have a need for 31 quilts for Okanogan County Sheriff's Deputies who worked the Carlton Complex Fires this summer.  Whew, that is alot less than the original 478 I was given.

I will not be taking a trip back up that way until at least after the holidays and probably closer to March as the passes around here can get ugly.

So, you can give a sigh of relief, but I will need quilts after spring!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quilt Delivery Day 2014 Okanogan County

Yesterday morning at 0600 I pulled up in front of a 911 Dispatchers home that I had never met and for the next 641 miles and 18 hours, we traveled to the eastern part of Washington and talked and laughed, shared two meals and met some pretty incredible people.

The following pictures are part of our journey, taken to deliver the many quilts I have received for 911 dispatchers, fire fighters and police officers and deputies that worked so very hard during the eastern WA wildfires.

I cannot describe what I saw yesterday, the emotions I felt at seeing my beautiful home state so black and burned and in the midst of the charring, green and lush new growth and growth that wasn't changed at all.  How can I describe seeing trees that one part was charred and the other part was lush and green?

My heart goes out to all of you who have blessed this ministry with quilts so we could pass them along to those very small community officers, dispatchers and fire fighters that were there. Thank you all your continued support is a blessing that matters to those who receive!


Winthrop Marshal and Trish a very active 911 Operator who lives close to me! My life saving driver!

She was touched by the tag on the back of this one and chose it for her own!
Leavenworth, cold and yet so pretty!

Getting out for a short walk helps me keep moving!
Quilts Delivered to Brewster, PD these 2 officers said they lost much in the fires!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

These Two Beauties are Heading To Okanogan County Tomorrow

These two amazing quilts from Sue Brown who is an amazing and most generous quilter and supporter of Layers Of Hope - Quilting 911 and yes, they are heading to eastern Washington tomorrow morning bright and early.

Sue has an awesome blog called From the Magpie's Nest head over and check out the beautiful quilts she makes and let her know you came via this blog.

You will be pleasantly welcomed and feel at home on Sues blog!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heading to Okanogan County...Any Quilters In This Area?

I have been in contact this morning with many of the agencies in the area that have first responders and I have numbers of those in each we need quilts for.

I have never been to the east side of the state since living here so heading over the mountain pass to see another side of the country will be a bit exciting.

I know I have quilters in WA state, if you live in the area we will be traveling through or close enough we can detour, I would love to meet you and if you know of any quilt shops that I can drop fliers and brochures off at, send me the names and addresses.

It is very important for me to reach out in these areas and let people know what we are all about!


Cards and A Quilt for Maryland Dispatcher

Jessica Larson had to leave work earlier this year due to complications from her Lyme Disease
diagnosis. A GoFundMe account has been started to support Jessica’s medical expenses as most of them are not covered by insurance. If you are interested in making a contribution please clink the link below. Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference!

This campaign is raising money for "Lyme Borreliosis Complex"

Kara Selvage
Public Safety Dispatcher III - POLICE PATROL
Department of Emergency Operations
2220 Ady Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050

If you can help do so, but please send her a card of warm thoughts and prayers and if you can send her a quilt, please let me know ASAP!!

Southern California Dispatcher In Need

We would like to take a moment to introduce a friend who has been a corner stone in our center.  Vicki Patterson, who has previously fought breast cancer, now has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Vic continued to work during her treatments in the past, but now has decided to spend time with her friends and family.  Vic is an amazing person to work with and learn from.  Since she has worked here at the Southern CA Geographical Coordination Center (FS/DOI & CAL FIRE), dispatchers from all over California and neighboring states have benefited from her wonderful attitude and desire to teach and help others. She has staffed our expanded dispatch and our aircraft desk, as well as working in these positions on assignments across the nation. Vic has also been involved in teaching classes for expanded and ROSS at the Regional level.  She is an amazing person and friend to everyone she meets.
Vic is a person who always has time for others, and we are asking for prayers and well wishes for her as she fights her most recent battle. 
You can also send cards and well wishes to:

Vic Patterson ICO: South Ops OCC
2524 Mulberry Street
Riverside, CA 92501
**Please let me know if you can bless this wonderful lady with a quilt. DO NOT send it to me, but let me know you are sending her one to her. It is costly for you to mail it to me only for me to mail it back to her.**

HOWEVER, I have to keep track of who receives a quilt and would appreciate you remembering it has to have Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 on it along with your name.  I also would appreciate a tracking number to know it was sent!

Oklahoma Dispatcher Lost All In Fire...Please Let Me Know If You Can Help

Miles Lewis is a dispatcher at the Oklahoma City PSAP.   He lives with his mom and his 2 sons. Miles III is 10 and Mylin is 8. Miles’ mother is Karolyn and she is 61. 
Miles was working yesterday and shortly after noon he was notified that his mother’s house was a total loss from a fire.  Miles’ mother has lived at the residence for 29 years.  Miles, his two sons, and his mother have lost everything, including his mother’s dog who died in the fire. 
I would like to request assistance for Miles and his family. We are requesting gift cards to aid in purchasing new clothes, shoes, and personal items. Sizes are listed below for donations of reasonably new, gently used clothes and household items.
Items can be sent directly to the Oklahoma City 9-1-1 Center:
Oklahoma City 9-1-1
C/O David Shupe, Director(br>715 Robert S. Kerr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

If you prefer to make clothing donation:
  • Karolyn:               X Large Shirt, 18 pant and dress
  • Miles:                   3X Shirt, 44 pants, and 12 shoe
  • Miles III:               Large Shirt, 14-16 pants, large boxer briefs, 7 shoe
  • Mylin:                   Large Shirt, 12 pant, large boxer briefs, 5.5 shoe
 Please during this difficult time, can we get some quilts out to this family immediately? Let me know if you can, so I can take them off my list. 

If you can only send 1 that is fine, but let me know as I must be able to keep track of who is receiving quilts!