Hello and thank you for your interest in Quilts for Japan.
The group started out on Facebook and quickly grew and spread to the internet. As a result of social networking, charitable organizations such as ours have the good fortune of bringing our cause to the awareness of countless individuals.
Our quilt donations reached the victims in Japan through our partnership with Global Samaritan Resources of Abilene, Texas, CRASH Japan, Tundra Process Solutions, Griffin Logistics of Calgary, Alberta and Creative Edge Corporation of Fairfield, IA. As a result of the combined efforts of these organizations, Quilts for Japan offered free shipping of our donations for quilters throughout North America to Japan. Although this phase of our relief efforts for the people of Japan has concluded, we remain committed to bringing hope and healing to the people of Japan.
Quilts for Japan after having completed our second relief effort for the victims of Japan, Project Threads of Hope which gathered sewing and quilting supplies for the survivors to enable them to learn how to quilt, just recently embarked on it's third phase of relief efforts for the people of Japan, the Crane Project. Jonathan Wilson, the Director of Crash Japan, made a plea on our Facebook group asking if we could possibly help with a fundraising campaign to help remind the world that the struggle to provide for the survivors continues. Students around the world have been asked to make paper cranes (a symbol of hope and healing for the Japanese people) to remind the world of their continued plight http://vimeo.com/48061752#at=0 and Jonathan thought that a quilt raffle would be a wonderful way to compliment the efforts of the children.
Quilts for Japan members once again eagerly embraced the challenge and the search for a crane themed quilt block began. Author and designer Phyllis Dobbs generously permitted us to adapt her "Pretty Bird" block for the project and our member Anne Mountifield revised the block and instructions for our quilters. In just a few months quilters generously answered the call once again and enough blocks were made and donated to complete a total of 6 quilts to be auctioned with the proceeds going to the relief efforts on behalf of the survivors.
Our ability to complete construction of these quilts was a result of the kindness and generosity of our member Pamela Sjoden who donated not only all of her time, but the materials to complete each of the quilts as well. Quilts for Japan's ability to continue to reach out to the survivors has been possible as a result of the kindness and generosity of all of its members and we are extremely grateful to each and everyone of them.
At this time Crash is busy organizing a website where donations for the quilt raffle can be made directly online. A donation will result in being automatically entered into the draw to win one of these beautiful Crane themed quilts and once the link is up and running we'll be posting it in the News section of our website located on the sidebar.
We thank you for once again for assisting us in sending love, hope and healing to the people of Japan. Updates regarding the Crane Project will continue to be posted on our website and Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/quiltsforjapan/ as details become available.
Seeing the continued outpouring of support for these people has truly been a humbling experience and I believe quilters throughout North America continue to help make a tremendous difference in the lives of the survivors.
We thank you for your interest and support but most importantly, we ask you to remember the victims of Japan in the days and years ahead as the monumental task of rebuilding their homes and lives continues. Please check our "News" section located on the sidebar as well as our Facebook group for the latest of what's happening at Quilts for Japan!
Quilts for Japan
"Sending love hope and comfort, one quilt at a time"