Charitable Quilting - DIY Style
Welcome back for another installment in our Charitable Quilting Series! This week, we’re not highlighting a specific organization.
So far, our featured organizations have been US-based, and because we have a lot of international members of the Quilter’s Mart community, we thought we were due for something that could work for all readers!
Pursuing some of these avenues may require a bit more legwork on your end than donating directly to an established quilting charity, but you may also discover that you find it extra rewarding because you’re a bit more personally involved in the donation process.
What are you getting at, Carolyn? This is all so vague! Okay, okay. Let me lay it out for you: I’m thinking you could make a quilt (or two? Or a dozen?) and hand deliver it yourself!
But where? How do I find someone who would benefit from a fabric-and-batting-and-love-filled hug? Here are my ideas! I’ll admit -some of them are stolen from reader comments on previous posts!
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
As I mentioned in another post, one of the Quilter’s Mart team’s own babies was a preemie and stayed in the NICU for 10 days. She is my niece, and it was incredibly hard to watch her and her loving parents go through those scary 10 days. Watching it will never compare to living it, of course, and from what I’ve heard from her parents, receiving a handmade quilt would have meant the world to them during that scary time.
A NICU stay postpones the joy of having a newborn while you live with the worst fear imaginable. Making a tiny quilt for a NICU baby may not take you very long, but the impact it has on the family who receives that comfort and support will last forever.
Consider donating a quilt to a NICU near you. If you do, please be mindful of allergens such as pet hair, as NICUs may turn away your donation if they have allergens that may be harmful to the fragile babies.
If you’re inspired by our last post and would like to donate to the homeless community in your area, look up where the local homeless shelters are, contact them, and ask if you can bring them some quilts!
Alternatively, you can do exactly as Rosemary did, and bring the quilts out into the community yourself and donate them directly to the homeless. This will give you a chance to connect directly with the recipients. We only ask that if you decide to donate directly, that you do so safely.
Children in foster care are often in need of basic items, but the most basic thing they need is love. You can give a little bit of that to them through a donation of a quilt!
I’m not sure how foster care is structured in other countries. And even in the US, it varies state by state. But I do know that here in Oregon, the Department of Human Services handles foster care arrangements. I imagine there are similar agencies where you are!
Peregrine Rose, 10 days in NICU 2013
I recommend looking into the structure of arranging care for children in need where you live, and then contacting some local agencies to find out how you can donate your quilts to envelop those sweet children in love.
Women who are survivors of abuse are similarly in need of tender love and care. There are countless organizations that help these women leave abusive situations, recover, and restart.
Seek one out in your area, and wrap those women up to give them strength.
Local Police Department
This one is definitely one that I hadn’t thought of until I read a reader comment. The idea is that you can donate quilts for officers to keep in their cars to wrap around folks who have been in a car accident, or who need to be comforted on-scene for other reasons.
For this one, I’d suggest calling up the non-emergency line for your local police department and asking them if you can bring some quilts by.
There you go, friends! I hope some of those ideas have inspired you. Please do always call ahead before you go visit to drop off a donation, regardless of where you are donating. You may even want to call before you start a project to make sure that there aren’t any guidelines to think about that would keep them from accepting your quilt.Did I miss any? Where else have you donated quilts in the past?
- Carolyn Knees