The Norman Transcript


July 12, 2013

Tornado survivor comes for a quilt and gets the promise of a new home

NORMAN — Danni Legg was one of hundreds of May 20 tornado survivors who picked up donated quilts at Moore City Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. But unlike others walking in looking for quilts, Legg, who lost her house to the Moore tornado, walked away with the promise of a new home.

Legg lost insurance on her house after hail storms came down on Moore in April, although she didn’t realize the house wasn’t covered until it was completely destroyed by the tornado a month later. She’s been staying in a shelter in Edmond for the last several weeks with her two surviving children.

She lost her 9-year-old son, Christopher, to the tornado when he left his classroom at Plaza Towers Elementary School to comfort a friend.

Not only did Legg lose her son, she lost all his belongings, and like several tornado survivors, went to Moore City Hall for a quilt.

But after listening to her story, Kathy Price and Luana Rubin decided to give Legg more than just a quilt.

Rubin from Boulder, Colo., owns eQuilter, a business that sells fabric to quilters around the world who then make quilts for her to distribute to disaster survivors. The day the tornado hit Moore, Rubin started getting calls from quilters asking what they could do.

After a month, she collected 400 handmade quilts and teamed up with Kathy Price, founder and director of Mission of Love Charities, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio, to drive the quilts to Moore.

The quilts were made for those who lost loved ones, lost their homes or are teachers at damaged schools. By noon Wednesday, 300 quilts had already been taken.

“Because they’re all handmade, it’s really just an expression of love to whoever receives it,” Rubin said.

Many quilters even left personal messages on the backs of their quilts to comfort the survivors.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Oklahoma City Memorial Bombing museum gets tech boost

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A memorial and museum built to remember the worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade so it can better portray how different the world was when Timothy McVeigh blew up the ...

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Is Okla. backing off accountability?

    One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal....

    April 19, 2014

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Gaylord to get $35,000 grant for poverty project

    A team from Gaylord College is among the first winners in a national competition to fund innovative news experiments that serve communities, the Online News Association has announced....

    April 19, 2014

  • U.S. puts off pipeline decision

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely....

    April 19, 2014

  • Garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew set

    A garage sale to benefit Team Jamie’s Crew will start at 9 a.m. today at 1510 Melrose Drive....

    April 19, 2014

  • Sonic plans expansion

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said....

    April 19, 2014

  • Singing Sooners show set

    The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Singing Sooners Spring Show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in the Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Jim Graves and Stephen Ziegler serve as directors for the group....

    April 19, 2014

  • Study: Half of jailed youths have injury

    NEW YORK — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City’s jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that’s the latest in a growing body of ...

    April 19, 2014