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.