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Thread: is donating a quilted item really an act of charity?

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    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
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    ManiacQuilter2, I am very interested in your cause of quiltmaking for the foster camp. Can you post a contact person or site for myself and others who might be interested also?
    I would love to learn more about this and possibly add it to my list of causes to promote!
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    I want to be Sewnoma when I grow up - her post reflects my thoughts on this very eloquently.

    I do also agree that charity should not be dumping ground - anything that you pass to charity shops etc. should be of a quality that you would be happy to use/gift yourself if you had need of the item. I'm not sure whether that was a point that the original poster intended, but it is worth bearing in mind.

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    My original point was - is making items for charity/donation/gifts to unknown people - self-serving because I enjoy doing it so much and it is an excuse to go shopping to replenish supplies

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    Am I being truly altruistic?

    My answer - no, I am not being completely altruistic because I get a lot of benefit from making them. ( not in terms of income, though!)

    It is, in my opinion, actually a win- win situation
    Last edited by bearisgray; 03-14-2015 at 06:23 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    My original point was - is making items for charity/donation/gifts to unknown people - self-serving because I enjoy doing it so much and it is an excuse to go shopping to replenish supplies

    Or

    Am I being truly altruistic?

    My answer - no, I am not being completely altruistic because I get a lot of benefit from making them. ( not in terms of income, though!)

    It is, in my opinion, actually a win- win situation
    That reminds me of a question, a friend and I were pondering years ago. We're taught to have humility BUT if one takes pride in having humility, doesn't that negate the humility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    ManiacQuilter2, I am very interested in your cause of quiltmaking for the foster camp. Can you post a contact person or site for myself and others who might be interested also?
    I would love to learn more about this and possibly add it to my list of causes to promote!
    Hugs and smiles of thanks
    Go to home page and there is a requests forum.
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    Sewnoma is So Right! One can't do everything, but Everyone can do something. This is one time when "the big picture" can be paralyzing. It's important to do what you can within your sphere of influence: right outside your door, within your community, your state, your country, the world. All or some or one of these, whatever we are each capable of doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka View Post
    Go to home page and there is a requests forum.
    Thank you Latrinka, I did check the requests forum but didn't find anything for the foster kids camp. I appreciate the heads up about the request forum tho!
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    For me, it is an act of charity. Especially for people in homeless shelters or for the foster kids. I'd like to be able to give to them directly, but it doesn't work that way. Unfortunately, in today's society, I'm not sure how much they are appreciated, but I know what love and good wishes I am sewing into them so once they leave my hands, they are into the hands of other's that I hope will benefit from them. It's the best I can do at this time in my life. I do NOT send junky stuff......it's stuff I would make for my family.

    I do enjoy making the quilts. Not only do I enjoy the activity, but I also enjoy knowing it will help someone else feel a bit more loved and warm......
    Last edited by wendiq; 03-14-2015 at 02:28 PM.

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    People love pretty things, and some will never have the money for anything but essentials. I also make necklaces for the young girls that receive the "shoeboxes" from Samaritan's Purse. Those girls can certainly live without my necklaces, but they deserve something pretty too. I give quilts to the Women's mission. I could just give the money, but the ladies would never see it. Of course the mission could use both -- yes this kind of thinking "can drive you crazy!" lol.

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    I think all of us do what we can with the resources we have. I have never met a quilter yet that didn't have a big heart & would like to give back in some way. It just makes us feel soooooo good inside to give. You can imagine how the receiver feels too, to receive such an act of kindness from a total stranger. Its a Win Win situation no matter what you give or who you give it to

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    It was Mother Teresa who said "if you can't feed everybody, feed one". I try to adopt the same philosophy about my quilting. I give what I can when I can to those organizations or people to whom I want to gift with one of my quilts. I see nothing wrong with using older fabrics from your stash to make "Community Quilts" and getting personal satisfaction from making them. You can make a very attractive warm quilt with fabric that is not the latest design or colour. We have had this discussion several times in our guild and have never been able to have everyone thinking the same on this. We have some who feel "anything is good enough" and others who only want to donate a prize winning quilt made with the latest fabric. Somewhere in the middle of these two opinions is probably the general concensus of most quilters.
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