Thank You!

TO ALL OUR NEW FRIENDS FROM THE QUILTING FOR CHARITY, YARN ARTS AND CRAFTING COMMUNITY WHO CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF NJ RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, THANK YOU!

THE COMFORTING MESSAGE YOUR HANDMADE GIFTS HAVE HAD ON HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME! YOU NOT ONLY SHARED YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERABLE TALENTS WITH US, YOU PROVIDED BIG HUGS OF HOPE TO FAMILIES WHEN THEY NEEDED IT MOST. YOUR LETTERS OF SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT MADE THE LARGE TASK OF DISTRIBUTION A PRIVILEGE.

BEAUTIFUL, ONE OF A KIND HANDMADE QUILTS, HATS, SCARVES AND SOFT TOYS ARRIVED FROM: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Toronto CANADA and the South of France.

Our Caravan of Love, volunteer delivery team, coordinated weekly donations of handmade adult quilts and children’s blankets to 15 out of 21 counties in New Jersey from October to February specifically for families impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

We recognize the commitment of our dedication drivers: Cliff, Liz, Kim, Greg, Wendy, Al, Judy, Patti, Anne, Debbie and Nicole from the earliest days of the super storm until the last request arrived. A special note of thanks to Danny for covering our daily cardboard and recycling detail! Remarkably, more than 1,700 quilts came through out doors during five very busy months!

This was the first time in our fifteen year history where we were recipients. Blankie Depot is headquartered in the bayshore area of New Jersey and 45% of our volunteer network hails from a county directly hit by Sandy. All of us worked together to distribute beautiful, one of a kind, handmade blankets, hats, scarves and items created in record time for entire families wiped out by unheard of winds and flooding. We will never forget the kindness and compassion offered to us by the crafting for charity movement.

Caravan of Love – Blankie Depot’s volunteer delivery team

photo supplied and donations created by Alice Zagury, volunteering since 2002.
photo supplied and donations created by Alice Zagury, volunteering since 2002.

By 2000, we had grown considerably in knit, crochet and quilting volunteers and our next challenge was recruiting a dedicated delivery team to help us reach recipients county to county.  During our first noticeable growth spurt, our Caravan of Love was born!  Each year, a team of people volunteer their time by transporting handmade donations to all 21 counties in NJ; week by week as we work through our recipient roster.  300-600 handmade items every week head out our doors, delivered by this very dedicated team.

I know without our volunteers stopping by with pickups from our drop off bins and the delivery team coordinating donations we would be hard pressed to meet the needs of our clients on a regular basis.  If you would like to join our team the application process begins here:  http://www.blankiedepo.org/caravan-of-love/driver-application-form/

So join me in acknowledging our current team of busy drivers:  Danny, Greg, Al, Kim, Wendy, Cliff & Liz, Judy, Debbie, Mary Ann, Jeannette, Jane, Nicole, Beverly, Pat, Patti and Anne.

Thank YOU, Caravan of Love!