Victoria Findlay Wolfe owner of Bumblebeans, Inc. started an amazing quilt drive for BASICS, a non-profit organization in the Bronx, NYC that helps homeless families get out of shelters and back into transitional housing.
Her initial interest in finding a good home for a few of her extra quilts ultimately grew into a global effort when she asked the head of Basics if he could use a few quilts, and he responded, “Do you have 700?” one for each of the families on the waiting list for housing.
Last year her “Call for help” very quickly gathered 300 quilts which were hand delivered to the families. You can see pictures of the events and more info at http://bumblebeansbasics.com/
Victoria is on a serious mission to get 400 more quilts by the United States’ Thanksgiving to meet the 700 quilts she was originally asked for. Can you help by sending a quilt?
If not by Thanksgiving, Keep sending! This is an ongoing quilt drive, and they always need more quilts! Every few months they try to do quilt distribution events to personally hand over your quilts, announcing the maker’s name to the family where the quilt will now live. It is a highly emotional and fabulous event!
All kinds of quilts are needed, from baby quilts to large quilts, what ever they receive they can find a home for. New or gently loved quilts can be sent to:
Attn: Robert Gonzalez / BBINC
540 East 180th Street
Bronx, NY 10457
Earlier this Fall, Scott Hansen from Blue Nickel Studios asked his quilting friends for quilt blocks so that he can put together some quilts for Victoria’s quilt drive. Here are the blocks I sent:
I’m hoping to send a completed quilt of my own in early December too. I have a few tops done, just need to be quilted, bound and sent.