Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Latest Update From Washington Wildfires

This information came to me from someone that lives in the area and is doing my work for me in getting information. Please understand we have a dire need for new quilts but no baby quilts right now.

'OK, I visited the fire station in Leavenworth today, Chelan County Fire District 3, and here is the information they gave me. Chelan County District 3, 4, and 9 are involved in the Chiwaukum Creek/Leavenworth area fire fighting, in addition to numerous others from Kennewick, Vashon Island, Seattle, Monroe, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resourses and State Mobilization. Also there are 110 National Guardsmen here, with an additional 220 Guardsmen currently in training to be dispatched here. Personally, I have also seen crews from Oregon and Montana. It appears there are too many to mention. The staff I spoke with in Leavenworth said that Pateros is in dire need of generosity and donations of all kinds. They (Pateros) have two law enforcement officers that lost their homes in the fire.'

The address to mail them to is:
Jean Kester
18740 Ivan Street SW
Rochester, WA  98579 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quilt Drop Off Points In Washington

If you live in Washington state on the coastal side, you can drop off quilts to the following shops for Wildfire victims:

Town Square Fabric and Yarn in Burien and while you are there, make sure you purchase some of their amazing fabric and yarns and sign up for a class, these ladies are amazing!
Town Square Fabric & Yarn | 445 SW 152nd St Ste. 100, Burien, WA 98166 | (206) 246-9276

You can also head over to their blog and check them out and grab their button and post to your blog, Christina and Cynthia are so wonderful!  http://townsquarefabric.com/

You can always mail quilts to me at:
Jean Kester 18740 Ivan Street SW Rochester, WA  98579

In Centralia, you can drop off at Quilters Junction and they are located at 404 S. Tower #4 Centralia. The same building as Dibbles and tell them you are dropping off for Layers of Hope!  You can call them at 360-807-1255.

In Chehalis, drop off at Sister's Fabric Shop at 476 N. Market and let Jody or Bobbi know it is for me, they have my number. You can also call them at 360-747-9847.  

Please when you drop off consider making a purchase at these locally owned shops and help support them as they continue to support their community!

Also remember if you don't quilt, knit or crochet, blog about this, pass on the information and get the word out for us!

I am only one person, but together we are a force to be reckoned with!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quilts Needed for Washington Wildfire Families

It is to early to tell how many are needed, the emergency crews are working around the clock battling dry conditions, winds and fires in several areas right now and doing all they can to save homes, lives and towns.

The counts of how many homes are totally gone are unknown at this time but initial information is around 40 so far but know there will be more as time and the fires rage on. But hope is not gone and we can give this community back hope.

Here are some questions I can answer as to what we are in need of:

  1. Quilts from toddler size to double bed size, must be handmade/machine made, any color, any pattern. Sizes should be at least:
    1. Twin Size 68 x 86
    2. Full Size 78 x 86
    3. Queen Size or larger
We want them to cover for adults at least someone who is 6' tall for length.**They can be quilted, crocheted or knitted, they must be handmade, no store quilts!**
  1. Unknown how many exactly are needed so I am shooting for between 300 & 500, if it changes I will update this site.
  2. Can we send them to the cities in the line of fire? No, they are right asking everyone to please stay away from these areas and they have no way of knowing where everyone is at this time.
  3. Do I have to send more than one quilt? Absolutely NOT!!
  4. Are you non-profit? No, however I am registered under Washington State Charities Program so I am very legit!
  5. Can I help in other ways? Yes, right now you can send pre-cut squares, wide backing fabric, enough fabric to back a quilt, or postage for those that want to make quilts but cannot afford to send then is needed. **Checks must be made out to me directly, Jean Kester. I am still not set up with a business bank account.**
  6. How can I donate quilts?  Where do I send them to?  When they are ready to be mailed, send them to: Jean Kester 18740 Ivan Street SW Rochester, WA  98579.
  7. How can I donate postage? You can donate through the donation buttons on the right side of the blog or you can send a money order to the person in need after they have shown me proof of mailing or send me a check.
  8. How do I know you aren't keeping these for yourself or to sell? Because I would have no reason to keep over 300 quilts and I can assure you the quilts we say we sent have been sent! You can contact Arlington, Wa PD and ask them if they received quilts or Arlington Fire or Oso Fire.
  9. I can't quilt, knit, crochet or send money, can I still help? You can let others know about this, you can pray and you can send cards and letters of encouragement.
  10. Instagram this, tweet it, blog about it, facebook about it, just get the word out! 
  11. You can also send pre-paid cards I can use for gas and travel expenses when it comes time to deliver.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Washington Wild Fires

This from our local news agency and officials in the area of the fires:
#‎IMPORTANT‬ **PLEASE SHARE**
STAY AWAY from OKANOGAN COUNTY

The Winthrop Police Chief asked us to share this warning. They have no power, limited phone service and gasoline. They are in a state of emergency. Lake Pearrygin State Park is already evacuated. This warning applies to surrounding areas: Pateros, Brewster and Malott also evacuated. Do not visit. Evacuate if you can. http://kng5.tv/1mXzNyU ‪#‎WAwildfire‬

Let's not forget we need to get quilts into this area!

Quilts Needed for Washington Fire Victims

I will once again be collecting quilts for distribution in a large scale. This time they will be for those who lost their homes in the huge fires that are burning in Washington state at this time.

Fifteen to twenty homes have burned in Pateros and another 20 in the Twisp-Winthrop area are gone as well.  I have been told the county has a population of around 40,000 and it is unknown at this time how many people have lost their homes that live outside these towns.

If you would like to read more about these fires, please check out this link:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/18/washington-wildfires-prompt-evacuation-order-for-pateros/ 

Just like last time you can mail them to me at:

Jean Kester
18740 Ivan Street SW
Rochester, WA  98579

I have not set a deadline for these quilts as I have not even contacted anyone in these areas and will not do so until the fires have been put out and I have gotten more numbers that may be needed.

Please, we do NOT at this time need infant or baby quilts as I still have those on the shelves from last time.  We need men's quilts as well as women's quilts.

Please follow these guidelines for sending items to me:
1- Handmade quilts only, no store purchased blankets.

2- NO CLOTHING!  I am NOT set up to store boxes of clothing and will donate any clothing that comes in to my local clothing bank and homeless shelter.

3- If you want to send handmade hats or gloves that would be fine, but I am not taking pants, coats, etc.  There are other agencies that can do this and have the storage to do so.

4-I received around 5 very nice handmade quilts last time, I could not donate them as they had been stained in some spots and others were torn. * Please, if you feel you want to donate that quilt that grandma made, make sure it is in new condition, no rips, stains or smells.*

5- These people just lost their homes and everything in it. I will say this each time, they do not need or want your trash, nor do I want it or want to have to dispose of it.  If it is something you wouldn't use yourself, please don't send it to those who lost everything.

6-Please send quilts that are at least twin sized or larger. I know it is asking a lot but most adults going through this need to wrap up under a quilt and just feel the love and warmth that you sent them.

7. Do not think you can't make a difference. I am still hearing from those that received quilts and how happy they are and thankful for the love you sent to Oso.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask me.

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I Need Your Help, Please!

Some of you may be offended by this request and if you are please know I do not mean to offend anyone, but my family needs help.

As you may or may not be aware of, my husband and I are raising 3 grandchildren ages 11, 12 & 13, they have another sibling who is 9 and who we have prayed for many years to be joined with all of them as siblings should be.

I just received a telephone call from their mom, she is getting all the paperwork ready to send her up here, however, she wants her up here by Saturday, July 12th and as you all know, short notice flights are out of this world.

If anyone has any frequent flier miles they could donate to us to help us get her up here, I would so appreciate it.  As it is, she will be coming up with one suitcase and we will need to start getting her clothing as well as purchase a new couch so we have a place for her to sleep.

Normally I would not post this here, however, if I post it on Facebook, her mom's family will see it and a small war will break out.

Thank you so much for reading this.