It's as bad as the photos and news reels show. I don't need to post any more. We live in the high and dry area of Calgary that has not been affected. We are so thankful for that, yet a feeling of guilt and sorrow for others who are not so fortunate. 100,000 people in the city of Calgary alone were evacuated. Other towns in the surrounding areas have been devastated and are still completely under water. People have lost everything.
Schools have been cancelled since Friday. They NEVER shut down schools here - even in blizzards and -40 temps. :( My sons are very upset, because they have no idea if their teachers have been affected. Little Cameron wants to know if Ms.N is okay...if she has a home to live in. :( Breaks my heart.
My city community is strong, and the outpour of help and strength of our people shines through. Out of the approximate 100,000 people - only 1500 had to be housed in shelters...everyone else had a place to go to through family, friends and community efforts.
You always see other communities in trouble, via hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, etc. You feel awful for those people, you gasp at the television and watch in horror - and when it becomes your own community it becomes so very real.
Of course, quilters are coming together to contribute to the families in Alberta. If you have quilts or quilt tops to donate, please contact me and I can give you details of where to send them. We are working together with the quilting shops in our community. We have a team of longarmer quilters, piecers, binders to make sure we have as many quilts as we can provide to our families affected.
I will be providing my longarm quilting services for free to quilt as many tops as I can.
Contact me if you have any questions.