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Thread: What charity do you donate Quilts?

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    I have donated quilts to Project Linus and Quilts for Kids for several years now. And was wondering about donating lap quilts to local nursing homes. Since families usually provide for family members I wasn't sure if donated quilts would be wanted. (?) Has anyone donated quilts to nursing homes?
    Were they appreciative of your quilts? Thanks for comments.

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    It depends on the nursing home, and the clients that reside there. Some are well off with lots of family members, and others are alone, with no visitors at all. I deliver Project Linus blankets to our local hospitals. I have often been asked by the nurses in ER if I could bring in some adult blankets for the seniors who are brought into the ER. Many of them are not dressed warmly, and are cold and in need of a nice blanket or quilt.

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    I send them to Afghanistan. Kids who run the risk of stepping on IEDs every day and cold military like them.

    I remember years ago, when I had contact with local nursing homes, that the lap blankets were really appreciated. I know of a number of nurses who walked out with them. So, the demand was pretty high.

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    You can consider donating to a local hospice organization. Our church does quilts for that. Our quilt guild does small 32"x32" quilts for the NICUs at the hospitals here...they are used to cover the isolettes of the premies and sick babies.

    Just some ideas.

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    A call to the specific nursing home would tell you all you want to know. Some love them and some don't use them at all. My MIL was in an Alzheimer's ward. they LOVED them there! Just depends on the facilty.

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    I make one or two string blocks tops for HeartStrings Project, they quilt them and give them to charities of their choosing or I keep the top, quilt it myself and donate it to my Guild's Giving Closet. Guild distributes quilts at Christmas or as the need arises to local families, churches, hosptials, fund raisers, etc.
    I make one or two twin size quilts for veteran's who live in assisted living type homes.

    I'm a coordiantor for my Guild's Project Pillowcases and we make lots of bright and cheerful pillowcases for kids in hosptials. We a part of Con Kerr Cancer (conkerrcancer.com) and our pillowcases are distributed to kids in hospitals in New Jersey, Manhattan, NY and Philadelphia, PA. We also set aside a bunch for Guild's Giving Closet and local Food Pantry as pillowcases can be a extra little gift for many who don't get much for Christmas or their birthdays, for a local child or family experiencing problems, ie. a fire, lost of job, illness.

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    TN Veteran Home lap robes for wheel chair patients, Carl Perkins center for children ,twin size are really appreciated. State run nurseing homes especially and let us not forget those who can't speak for themselves animal shelters.

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    In my church parish I am over Humanitarian issues. I have made quilts that have gone to people in our community that have lost homes to fires, widows, people suffering illness, a homeless shelter, an orphanage in Africa . It changes with time and need.

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    Call the nursing home and ask the head nurse. My local nursing home will only accept lap quilts that are fairly plain. This is because of theft. It does no good for the patients if iffy staff members of visitors walk off with the quilts (really nice ones may end up on Ebay). This is not to be confused with a patient who goes home and takes a quilt. We are all for that if it provides them comfort!

    Check for a Binky Patrol in your area. Also, contact your local social services. All my scrap afghans now go to mentally ill adults who live in a sheltered environment in a rural county. They are SO PROUD of their afghans. They show anybody who will take the time to look. :) Same thing here with quilts though - scrappy, not too fancy. Again, the problem is staff and visitors.

    Finally, check with your area children's hospital. I have only made quilts for teenagers (extra long) because there are plenty of quilts for those under 14. There are patients as old as 21 in children's hospitals.

    I am not knocking sending quilts overseas, but I choose to focus my efforts at home since they are not yet covered.

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    I donate my quilts to our local fire department.

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    I donate to Quilts for Kids, my local guild and various other "fund raisers" such as Relay for Life and Heart of Hope

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    My friends and I also try to donate to our local Battered Womens shelter.

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    When my mother-in-law was in a nursing home, they loved anything they could get their hands on. Especially quilts and afghans for the residents!

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    We donated quilts to Project Linus. Some go to local nursing homes. Some go to the local hospitals. We also try and help a local church that makes quilts and sleeping bags for the homeless. And then there is always a benefit we try to keep a quilt or two for. My wife and I just love to quilt and try to help others when we can with our quilting. And there are others we donate to. We most likely would not quilt as much if we ever got TV hookup. Donít get me wrong, we have TVs put they are hooked up to DVD players. We watch what we want to watch. Sometimes it may take a week to watch a movie. But we get a lot of work done. :) :)

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    Call your local children's hospital. They have told me that they can use Isolette covers. Helps keep the bright light out of babie's eyes. Check the hospital for sizes needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    I send them to Afghanistan. Kids who run the risk of stepping on IEDs every day and cold military like them.

    I remember years ago, when I had contact with local nursing homes, that the lap blankets were really appreciated. I know of a number of nurses who walked out with them. So, the demand was pretty high.
    See, this is what I have trouble with. I love to make quilts to donate, but...I want them to go to needy people and not have somebody walk off with them . I was told/read where you should never make pretty quilts for the homeless because either someone from the organization you are donating to will walk off with it or they will have to fight for it out on the streets. That is so sad to me. With the economy the way it is, there are more homeless people all of the time and they can't all live in warm climates.

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    After working in Nursing Homes for the past 30 yrs, you would be SHOCKED at how many families DO NOT provide for their parents/family members. I have donated 5 lap quilts each Christmas for the past 15 years and only for the ones that either do not have family or neglectful families. There are many that do not receive a Christmas present unless staff donate. And yes, some do disappear, but, so do chocolates, sweaters and other gifts(sadly enough). I don't make real fancy ones, usually log cabins or nine patch variations, because, the elderly don't want UGLY either. Sorry for the rant, but, wherever you donate to, there is always a chance of it being stolen. Once in awhile, we just have to listen to our hearts and donate, and try to ignore the threat of others dishonesty.

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    I do them for cancer patients, they really need them when taking their teatments. Here is a post I did earlier

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128324-1.htm

    This lady will appreciate any help you can give her.

    We also have a Victoria's Quilts here in Canada to that one can donate to.

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    My LAQ has several foster children that she frequently adopts. She had started donating quilts to various agencies, but now has focused on her passion for these foster children. She will quilt any quilts made for foster kids from the very young to the teenagers. She and her friends/guild/etc make the quilt and a matching pillow case that is used to hold the quilt as the gift. Often these kids come to her and other foster parents with barely clothes on their backs. She has designed a label to add to the back of the quilt as well. Her goal is to have every foster child in our state decked out with their very own quilt. What a blessing to these poor kids. They just feel loved cuddled up in them....

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    i donate to the senior center, hospice, the womens resource center and the fire department locally. there are plenty of residents in facilities who have no family-who would appreciate the 'gift' but remember if you donate to a facility the item will go through the facility laundry- which means washed in hot water- dried in a large commercial dryer- they do not have time to give certain items special care- so make sure the item will hold up to that kind of care. assisted living residents also have needs.

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    I got roped into our local Linus Project by a quilting friend who is the current chair of our county project chapter. I usually make about 20 simple quilts for them each month and help with the collection and sorting. We live in a county with only one hospital so most of our quilts go to near by hospitals in the Baltimore area. Our chapter produces about 600 quilts a month. Everything from small fleece blankets with crocheted edges for infants to teen size. We take in and distribute crocheted, knitted, fleace and of course quilted blankets. The ones I make are usually a child friendly print on the front and flannel on the back and just basically machine quilted with decorative thread and a decorative stitch. The project gives me a good excuse to purchase the wonderful childish prints available. My youngest grandchildren are 14 and I hope have several quilts I have given them over the years. I have gotten some really nice thank you notes from children since I got involved with this project.

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