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Thread: Quilts for Kids Surorise

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    Quilts for Kids Surorise

    About 3 years ago I made a quilt for the Quilts for Kids organization. I thought of children in extreme health crises as I made it. Now I volunteer in a local hospital. I discharged an infant. On the wheelchair the mom placed a lap size quilt. I commented how nice the quilt was. Mom tells me that the nurse said they give a quilt to every child. As she showed me the quilt I looked on the back and there was a quilt for Kids label. This is not my understanding of the use of these quilts. Has something changed so that every hospitalized kid gets a quilt?

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    This is their mission statement, from the web site:
    MISSION STATEMENT: Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics
    into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and
    children of abuse.

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    you don't think it's a wonderful thing for every hospitalized child to receive a quilt?
    i've been making Quilts for Kids for a number of years- 20-30 of them a year- and am so happy to be helping make sure there is a quilt for each child who winds up in the hospital --the hospital is a pretty scary place- especially for children and to give them such a gift always brings a smile to their faces- i try to remember teens need a little (cozy hug) too- when hospitalized so i make sure i make tween/teen quilts too not just quilts for little kids.
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    I make quilts for Project Linus and am delighted that a lot of them go to our local hospitals. The staff is delilghted when they see bags of them coming in because they know what a trauma it is for a child - teenager to be hospitalized regardless of whether it is a health crisis. Yes, we do try to make it possible for every hospitalized child to have a quilt.
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    Our Georgia Chapter of Quilts for Kids want to give to children battling illiness and have been abused. the Quilts are giving through hospitals and shelters. Quilts are also give to those who have lost parents in war from Fort Stewart while deployed.

    The quilt you saw may have been giving to the hospital and they made the decision to give to all infants. Or maybe the new mother is a needy case. Never know but I am sure the gift quilt was appreciated.

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    do you know this family's circumstances? Maybe it was warranted, or the mother misspoke. I would be warmed to see the quilts in action ;-)
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    IMHO if the person/people at the hospital decides a child needs a quilt, that is a good enough reason to gift the quilt. A donation quilt is made to be donated, and I bet a child who receives a quilt is very happy to receive such a wonderful quilt.

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    I would think if a child is in the hospital it is sick! I see no reason to make a difference. Barny

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    It really is up to the hospital what they do with the quilts once they get them.

    Was the baby a newborn? Is that the concern that the possibility of a sick/injured child not getting one because they've all been given to healthy babies? It could be size, many people don't make large quilts and the smaller ones could go to the babies. The hospital may be fortunate to receive many and have enough for every child no matter the reason they are hospitalized to have one.

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    What everyone has said is correct, about all kids deserving a quilt. However the original poster's question was based on her understanding of how this particular organization distributes its quilts. The stated mission of QFK is that the quilts go to kids who have life-threatening illnesses, or who have been abused. If this is not the case, the mission statement should be changed.

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