Charity Happenings

The SDMQG is currently working hard to provide the Community Resource Center‘s Carol’s House with 14 twin quilts for use in their emergency shelter by the end of the year. These will be used by women and their children (boys and girls up to age 18) who are escaping domestic violence.  Following the donation of yardage from several of our generous members, we were able to create 9 grab and go quilt kits, one additional quilt kit, and one group quilt toward this effort. All of these project have been handed out to members and are due at the December meeting. This brings us to 11 quilts. We are so close to reaching our goal! – so if you have a twin quilt you would like to donate, please bring it to the November or December meetings. If you need to make alternate arrangements for dropping off a twin quilt for this effort, please see Jen C.

Speaking of the grab and go quilt kits… How’s it going? We wanted to check in with all of those amazing people who picked up one of these kits during the August and September meetings. There’s still a month before they are due, but we also know life happens. If you no longer anticipate being able to complete the project during this time frame, just let Jen C. know as soon as possible. Also, please see Jen C. if you need batting to finish your project. We have a batting roll and can get you what you need for your twin quilt if you don’t already have something you were planning to use.

Progress on a charity grab and go kit

Progress on a charity grab and go kit

Don’t have time to make a quilt but still want to help? We understand! Join us for the charity sew-in following the November meeting this coming Sunday! We will be working on the group project heading to Carol’s House. We could also use volunteers to quilt and bind the group quilt. So if your time is limited, this may be another way to help out.

Sewing binding for charity quilts

Sewing binding for charity quilts

In other news…Some of you may have already seen the update in our facebook group, but we also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the latest donation of quilts to JIT, the organization that helps youth aging out of the foster care system to set up their first apartments through their My First Home program. Last month we dropped off 15 quilts, making the total donation to the organization for the year: 19 quilts !! This included 7 bed quilts and 6 guild group quilts. The guild group donations are especially meaningful since they represent the contributions of so many guild members, including two quilts that consisted of blocks that were started back in 2011!

Donations for JIT and the chemo lounge

Donations for JIT and the chemo lounge

This brings us to: what’s the plan for next year? The Charity Committee met in September and decided that we will begin 2017 by making baby, child and teen quilts for the kids at the Polinsky Children’s Center during our first charity trimester (January to April). The Polinsky Center is a 24-hour facility for the temporary shelter of children who must be separated from their families for their own safety, do to neglect, or when parents cannot provide care. Residents of the shelter range in ages from birth to 18 years old. We will be focused on providing comfort quilts that will be given to the children at the facility. Because of the age range of the kids, we will have a lot of freedom in size and theme of the quilts. However, the Center asks that they are at least big enough to wrap around the child’s shoulders (bigger kids = bigger quilts), that they are made for both boys and girls, and that their names can be written on the back (there’s a place on our labels for this!). Nancy L. has already compiled a bunch of quilt kits from the charity stash and we plan to check them out to interested members at the beginning of the year. Independent quilt projects from members are also welcome! We are also planning a ‘baby shower’ charity sew-in to take place independently from our regular meetings to help facilitate the sewing for this effort – more details to come!

Charity grab and go quilt kits for next year!Charity grab and go quilt kits for next year!

The second and third trimesters will be focused on quilts supporting the Riverside Medical Center’s Chemo Lounge (lap quilts) and JIT’s My First Home (bed quilts and couch throws). Members really enjoyed supporting these specific organizations in 2016 (collectively 44 quilts have been donated!), their need is ongoing, and the quilt requirements are very open. Therefore, we wanted to continue to support these groups in 2017 and we hope you keep them in mind for next year. We are also keeping a list in the charity section of the SDMQG member forums for additional charity opportunities.

Finally, as we head into the home stretch of 2016, we wanted to remind all of you about the charity raffle that will be held at the December party. If you donated a quilt, donated a wish-list item or other critical item to a project, provided outreach to our charities, or volunteered to quilt or finish a project, your contribution has been recorded and earns you a ticket for the raffle!

Once again, the SDMQG thanks each and every one of you who have contributed to the charity program this year. Together we can do great things!

Keep tagging your charity work on social media #sdmqgcharity!

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