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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    How do you decide where to donate? I would like to do some children quilts but don't know how or where??

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    If you want to donate baby quilts ask the area hospital. I don't know what its like for other places, but ours gives a small gift basket to new moms with coupons and baby stuff that the mom really needs.

    Groups that help women going through domestic violence defiantly could use them. I went to one of their shelters and a few of the women there had small children.

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    If you donate to a hospital ask first where the need is.
    I got in a situation where they were given to the nursery and there were a lot of babies to make quilts for. I provided 31 for each born in Dec (one year) I don't give to that cause. However, another hospital uses them in Children's Res Therepy Unit. Less stress in getting them made. I didn't want to give just a few and ignore the rest.
    Perhaps find a place that has an ongoing program. Police use them, Project Linus. Nother piece of advice or suggestion is don't try and be too fancy but do simple quilts. You can make more and they are appreciated just as much. Check with a local quilt guild. Most have on going projects.

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    I have been doing baby quilts for over a year now and donate them to our Children's Hospital. They are so happy to get them and they are so appreciative. Any style or design is accepted. You can also donate them to Project Linus or Shelters. There are many groups that are so happy to receive quilts. It's a wonderful thing to do!

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    Our local hospital gives out quilts someone in the area coordinates this try contacting a local quilting guild

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    don't forget Quilts of Valor.

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    If you want to do quilts for kids don't forget Shriners Hospitals. They care for kids, free of charge. There is also St. Judes that is sponsored by Danny Thomas.

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    http://www.downy.com/en-US/helping-k...FUPu7QodSC9wIg

    Quilts for Kids is a great cause. They will send you a quilt kit. Check it out.

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    Margaret's Hope Chest is a very worthwhile quilting charity that has several programs where they provide quilts to those in need, especially children. They also have a "birthday" quilt programs where you can make a quilt for a child's birthday. The kids in the program all have at least one parent in prison.

    I have sent them many quilts and I will send a few more this week. They take quilts of all shapes, sizes, colors and skill levels.

    To read more about them visit their website:

    http://www.margaretshopechest.com/index.html

    They also have a blog:

    http://margaretshopechest.blogspot.com/

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    http://wrappedinhope.blogspot.com/

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    Children's hospitals, CPS, domestic violence shelters, homes for unwed mother's, Salvation Army, and probably a dozen more places that can use them.

    Maybe contact your local agencies and see if they know where the biggest need is in your area? There is a number like 611 or something like that, and they have lists of groups that can use donations.

    Then like Holice mentioned, contact them individually to see what sizes are needed. Or for any restrictions...

    Some hospitals need smaller isolette covers and preemie quilts, others can use any up to toddler sized.

    You may want to also avoid Holiday fabrics, not everyone celebrates the same ones...

    Keep them simple and well quilted. If they are going to hospitalized children, loose binding can catch on IV lines and other medical equipment.
    They also usually request that you NOT use any kind of invisible thread on them.
    Avoid loose, 3D type of appliques too. Everything should be completely stitched down, no loose sides.
    Heavy quilting helps them to hold up to hospital washers and dryers.
    Fleece may not stay soft from the heat of their dryers either, they tend to singe them and make them rougher feeling.

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