Quilting For Charity
Amanda Kaufmann | Date posted: April 3rd, 2013
One of the most time-honoured and beautiful forms of sewing is quilting. Choosing your colours, shapes, imagery, or abstract combinations, within the constraints of the medium allows for a freedom of expression hard to match (as well as widely discussed in books, magazines, and on the internet). If you’re a quilter, or even if you’ve never made one before, you may enjoy sharing your artistic vision by making a quilt for a child in need. Your closet can only fit so many anyway!
Project Linus — Project Linus is a not-for-profit organization that gives new, handmade, washable blankets as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children (ages 0-18). Their website lists chapter locations by state, where you can drop off blankets of any size.
Quilts for Kids — Quilts for Kids uses donated materials to make kits to send to volunteer quilters. Just send them $6 for shipping the kit, and return to them the finished quilt. Completed quilts are sent to different chapter locations to be donated to local hospitals.
Armed Services YMCA — The Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort program creates custom-made quilts and pillows for children of deployed U.S. military personnel, with photos of the deployed parent printed onto squares of fabric within it. Children six years old and under receive a quilt; those seven and older receive a pillow.
Operation Smile — Operation Smile, the not-for-profit organization that sends medical volunteers around the world to operate on children with facial deformities, also seeks donated, homemade blankets for the children having surgery. Quilts should be 45” x 45”, or 54” x 54”, and their website even has step-by-step directions on how to make a quilt.
Use your sewing talents to quilt for kids in need. If you’d like to keep your donation local, your local Children’s Hospital will also appreciate your quilting handiwork.
Amanda Kaufmann is a New York-based writer and editor. Since 2006, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance columnist, book editor, website content editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She is constantly in the pursuit of...