When tragedy strikes, the quilting community pulls together to show the best of humanity. Due to the recent tragic events in Las Vegas, various groups are shouldering the tasks of providing comfort and support to those who were affected. Community members have donated blood, raised money for victims, and held candlelight vigils and prayers. Local quilting guilds are currently creating quilts for the victims and their families.
Sew Yeah Quilting, a Las Vegas quilt shop and BERNINA dealer is organizing a quilt drive to reach some of the “unseen” heroes of the event: police officers, paramedics, security guards, dispatch center personnel, Mandalay Bay employees, morticians, and hospital personnel.
They are asking for your help to make a quilt of any size and pattern using bright cheerful colors. It can be a quilt that you are making specifically for the drive, or a recent finish that you’d like to donate. They will be collecting quilts through November 4th so that they can begin immediately distributing them.
Brothers Teancum and Brody Tippets who manage the shop are organizing the quilt drive. The brothers have always been very service oriented, and when their parents first opened the shop, they immediately decided that part of the shop’s mission was to give back to the community through ongoing sew-ins for charity. When they first heard about the local tragedy, they immediately put plans into place to coordinate the quilt drive.
Their goal is to collect 1000 quilts to be distributed to first responders and others who helped take care of the victims and their families on that fateful night. Quilts have already been pouring in from the local community and with your help, they’ll be able to reach their goal.
Those in or near the Las Vegas area can stop by the shop anytime to drop off their quilts. If you are out of town and want to contribute, get in touch with Sew Yeah Quilting in Las vegas by email: Contact@sewyeahquilting.com or by phone: (702) 586-8687.
Sew Yeah employees and volunteers will be attaching a Vegas Strong label to each quilt that is donated. Any questions about the quilt drive can be directed to the shop by calling the number above. You can also check out Sew Yeah’s website for updates, including in-shop charity sewing dates. They’ll be opening up their classrooms to the community so that together they can make and distribute as many quilts as possible. After all, it’s the least they can do for a community they love.