The Christchurch Earthquake

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch was hit with an earthquake of devastating proportions yesterday.

You can search the news agencies for the big stories and summaries. The web is awash with them at the moment. On a personal level you read an individual account as Sarah of Miss Crafty Tea Pot tells of how it felt in her little house here.

While we, at casa Seven-Stitches, live a long way from Christchurch, the New Zealand web of who knows who, reaches into the very heart of this city. My colleagues stood stunned as we watched the footage yesterday. My mother called in the evening to let me know all my cousins were accounted for. My dearest and I tiptoed through the evening, before turning the TV on after the kids were in bed. They knew something was up as they have never been quite so good at staying in bed.

There are a few ways you can help right now.

The Red Cross Appeal - (collecting funds to support their tireless actives and efforts during this period)

The Student Volunteer Army - (mobilising available hands to work in co-ordination with Civil Defence)

I am sure there will be other drives to mobilise support in the following days, but right now I understand that financial support is the easiest for the aid agencies to work with.

Edit: Catalina's Cottage is calling for quilt as you go blocks. Dimensions and links to tutorials can be found there too. This comes just as the ones for the September event are sent on their way.

KiwiQuilters is donating the surplus healing hearts quilts (140?) from the Pike River disaster (that felt like just yesterday too) to Quilts for Christchurch.

Leonie at Kiwi at Heart is calling for softies for the Children of Christchurch. Add a comment to her post, with means of contacting you and she will email out the details.

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