As I write this, the workers may be distributing the blankets that so many of you contributed to for the earthquake victims. I hope to get some pictures from them as they work their way through the tent cities to provide needed cover to these people.
We had some delay in getting this done because there were no blankets to be purchased in this area. Our worker contracted with a manufacturing firm to make blankets for us but they ran out of material and had to order more. I don't know the exact total of blankets ready to be distibuted but we collected almost $10,000 U.S. for this project.
Thank you so much for your tender hearts and concern for the poor people who are cold and suffering, still living in tents. Ron visited the factory and said the blankets are very thick, warm and of good quality.
I don't know if I should tell you this or not but Ron visited one government office and saw thousands of army blankets stacked up and not being used. We wonder why they could not have been distributed to these victims but it's probably because of one of two reasons:
1) Regulations forbid the use of army supplies to be used by civilians, or
2) They simply don't care for their suffering people.
Based on their concern for the poor orphan children, I feel that the second reason is probably the answer.
When I return home the first of February, I will send each person who donated to the quilt fund, a thank you card and some of the pictures. We are very grateful for your quick and generous response.