Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Operation Wood Hollow

I was contacted on Monday by Julie from Having Fun Quilting. Currently there is a huge wildfire in her area.  I'm sure it's just the beginning of a horrible fire season here in Utah (and much of the west).  My quilting buddy Colleen was nearly evacuated due to a wildfire last weekend, but she was actually out of town.  We were ready to recruit the quilt guild to save her fabric if her town was evacuated. Luckily, they were able to put that fire out relatively quickly. 

Those affected by the Wood Hollow Fire have not be so lucky.  So far about 25-30 homes have burned, but the fire is only 15% contained and with 70 miles burned.  Julie herself was evacuated yesterday but is back at it coordinating an effort to collect quilts for the families who have lost their homes (and those who still may lose them). She is working with local churches and the Red Cross to distribute donations.  Julie posts about her effort she is calling Operation Wood Hollow and shows a few pictures from their own evacuation which I've copied below. 



If you are interested in donating a quilt please contact Julie.  I know there are many more basic things these families will need as well, but I believe there is something very comforting about having a new handmade quilt when you are starting over with basically nothing.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for helping me spread the word about Operation Wood Hollow, Kati! =D

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  2. Yep, it's going to be a busy one this year! My DH just left for a big fire in Montana. We may not see much of him this summer... Good luck with the quilting. People don't realize how devastating these fires are until they are affected personally.

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