Hugs for Harvey Victims: Pay it Forward

Hugs for Harvey Victims: Pay it Forward

It has been five months since hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in Texas. According to the Texas Tribune, more than 33 thousand are still displaced and living in temporary federal emergency housing.

The TV crews packed up and left and the nation's attention has been pulled in other directions, but recovery is far from over.

Suzanne Halley is the President of East Iowa Quilters Network. She received a call for help from a quilt guild in Houston. Suzanne rallied her quilting network and quilts poured in from all over Iowa.

Suzanne and her friends packed up 270 quilts and 158 pillowcases. She and her husband drove 20 hours with a trailer packed full to Rockport, Texas.

This is a heartfelt mission for Suzanne. She was born in Houston and spent her summers in Rockport with her grandparents.

Each quilt was made with thoughtfulness and love. One quilter even included a letter for the recipient.

A quilt made by Debra Thomas holds deep meaning. Debra was living in Palo, Iowa in 2008 and was flooded. She lost all of her quilting fabric and supplies. A Texas quilt guild sent fabric and other quilting supplies to Debra's guild to help replace the items that were lost. The fabric Debra received in 2008 is the same fabric she used to make the quilt she is sending back to Texas.

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