NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — For most Massachusetts residents, the effects of Hurricane Sandy have come and gone.
This is not the case for many who live in the area around New York City, where flooding destroyed homes, displaced families and caused billions of dollars in damages.
As winter approaches, two Northborough residents are joining a growing effort to help out Sandy victims in a small, yet important way -- making them quilts.
Terry Crean and Stacey Incorvaia have been meeting weekly to quilt together for about 10 years. For Crean, it's her business, as her Northborough-based Quilted With TLC offers custom designs and finishes. For Incorvaia, it's a hobby she picked up when she met Crean.
"We've come a long way since then," Crean said.
Both women originally are from New York — Incorvaia is from Westchester County, while Crean is from upstate and has family in Westchester — and both feel connected to those who experienced the worst of the storm. When they read a post on the website eQuilter.com about a quilt drive for those victims, the pair jumped at the chance.
"So, we put our heads and our fabric stashes together," Crean said. "We feel like everyone can make a difference in some way or another, and this is how we can do it."
So far, they've finished two quilts and have a third on the way. Ultimately, the goal of the quilt drive is to collect and distribute 5,000 quilts with the help of quilters nationwide.
"It's just nice to give back something that's homemade," Incorvaia said. "People have lost everything. There's no grandma's afghan. There's no family photos."
Added Crean: "The wonderful thing about quilts is that they tell a story, either the story of the people who made it of the story of people who received it."
The two urge other quilters in the area to join in the effort. "Every quilter has a UFP (unfinished project)," Incorvaia said. In fact, the pair's third quilt started out as just such a project — an unfinished design that had been hanging from the wall in Crean's studio. "Every quilter who has one lying around should put it together and send it out."
For more information on the drive and how to contribute, visit the eQuilter Quilt Relief website.