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Thread: NE1 ever do this? Quilts for Kids . . .

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    they don't have a chapter in our area, but I think this would be a great use of scraps and/or juvenile prints when they are on clearance, etc.

    anyone have any experience with it? looks like i would have to send them to Pennsylvania (or attempt to start a chapter here in toledo).

    hmmm . . . . things that make you feel good. lots of happy stories on their website!

    http://www.quiltsforkids.org/

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    This looks very interesting...and so worthwhile. I too would like to know if anyone here has done this.

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    I just ran across your post. I have never heard of the group you mentioned and went to check it out. I make a lot of quilts for charity and have no problem finding places to donate them. The Fire Dept and Police Dept will take things for kids. They take Teddy bears and other stuffed animals.

    Here in my area there is a group that takes supplies to disaster areas in the U.S. and around the world. http://www.m25m.org/ If your area has a children's hospital you can donate quilts to them. The Red Cross is another group .

    I was given some designer fabrics that were all juvenile prints. Not having grand children, (at age 74) I was not sure what I was going to do with them, but they were given with the idea of helping with my charity project. Now I have decided this would be a good ministry. Living in a metropolitan area has offered me many outlets for donating quilts. Previously I was giving the large ones to the Battered Women's Shelter at the YWCA.

    You can start your own project. If you have a Doll Makers group in your area, ask them to save their scraps for your poject. Use scraps and make the quilts in various sized you think a child might like. There does not need to be a specific size as size charts are not much help in this type of project. And yes, buy some of the juvenile prints when you see them on sale. If you love to sew and produce quilts from scraps or donations, you can begin a project that will never end. I was recently given several bags of scraps and I have been having a delightful time making small quilts.

    GO FOR THE GOLD..........the GOLD RING of finding pleasure in doing for others. My Mother used to say "that is what we were put here on earth to do. Help others!"

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    I joined a chapter of Project Linus, perhaps there's one in your area.

    Barb

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    Project Linus is a WONDERFUL chapter.
    While I was in NC the school I taught in had a brother and sister murdered by their father. PL came in with quilts for both classes and all the teachers who had the children in their class.
    As the science teacher I was asked by the 2nd graders all about dying what happens, what can kill you, even where do you go after.
    I still tear up thinking about the lesson I had with Sarah's class after the funeral. All of us sitting talking about death wrapped in our quilts.
    I wish I still had the quilt but I gave it to a boy who had been with sarah since kindergarten. When he was taken by Social Services they couldnt find his quilt so I brought mine in for him ..........He needed it more than I did.

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    Another type of place you could check out would be a crisis center or nursery in your area or organizations that provide temporary housing for families as they work their way toward permanent housing.

    There is a group of nurses here in MN that make home visits to poverty stricken homes where a lot of the kids sleep on the floor, so they take donated quilts to them for bedding and warmth.

    Unfortunately, there are so many disadvantaged and sick kids, there is never a shortage of need for quilts.

    Jesus wants our hands and feet to do His work....!

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    Some places that NEED so many things for kids are Social Services. I live in Omaha and cities don't tend to have a shortage of kids in need. There is a budget for children taken into foster care and monies given to foster parents in some areas to cover Christmas expenses for the children. I belong to a group here that makes homemade stockings every year and gives them to Social Services. These are stockings that are given only to children taken during the holiday season. These are the unexpected surprises that homes get and sometimes they've already spent their Christmas budget and can't do more. There are also groups out there that donate things to put in the stockings, so we just donate stockings.

    If you have a children's hospital or a cancer center in your area, you can also make smaller quilts for cancer patients, not just kids. Lap size is good or 3/4 twin size will fit a hospital bed very well. If you have a children's hospital in your area, they would love anything handmade for the kids. Quilts, stuffed animals, dolls, hats. My youngest son was in NICU when he was a newborn and I still have his bear, hat and booties. He got so small that one of the volunteers gave us a hat that came with a stuffed animal. It was the only thing we could put on his head that fit.

    There are many, many organizations out there! For kids, women, families, healthy and ill, soldiers.

    I have found numerous ways to help our military through quilting. If anyone wants those sites, you can feel free to PM me.

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    The ladies in our church make quilts for a pediatric hospice in Southern California. It was mentioned to us, and we found out it is the only one within a 300 mile radius! Very worthwhile to provide what ultimately becomes a memory for a grieving family.

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