Charitable Quilting - Quilting for a Cause
Welcome to episode 3 of the Charitable Quilting Series!
In keeping with the steady flow of holidays here in the US this time of year, last week was Giving Tuesday. It is a recent, unofficial addition to the holiday calendar, intended to counteract the consume consume consume attitude that comes along with purchasing gifts and crazy sales and discounts that get us all worked into a buying frenzy this time of year.
The message behind Giving Tuesday is to stop shopping for a moment and give to a cause that is important to you. It can be donated time, money, or service - doesn’t matter! I personally think Giving Tuesday is a much-needed reprieve from looking inward at your own wants and needs to looking outward at the needs of others, especially those less fortunate.
This week's post is extra special because we are featuring a charity founded by one of our Quilter’s Mart Blog readers! Rosemary Phalon mentioned her charity Quilting for a Cause in a comment in one of my early posts, and I’ve been looking forward to highlighting her organization ever since.
Rosemary found herself with an inherited fabric stash from her mother-in-law, and with a stash bigger than she needed for herself (a problem a lot of us can relate to, right, fellow fabric hoarders?!), she was inspired to make quilts for the homeless community in New York City.
Although Quilting for a Cause is a relatively young organization, they’ve already made a huge impact! In the two years they’ve been in operation, they have already donated 1,279 quilts. Amazing!
If you would like to support the efforts of Rosemary and her team of volunteers, here are some ways you can do so!
Become a Volunteer
Maybe you’re already in the New York or New Jersey area, and you have an afternoon to spare at Quilting for a Cause’s Pequannock, New Jersey location. Or perhaps you’re passing through the area and can incorporate a few hours of volunteering while you’re there. If so, don't worry - you do not have to be a pro-quilter to join in. Any skill level is welcomed, as long as you're ready to help!
Click here for details about how to join in.
Calling all Fabric Hoarders! Anyone sitting on a pile of fabric that you just don’t know what to do with? *raises hand*
From fabric, to batting, to thread, to sewing machines - it takes supplies to make the quilts! Maybe you have something you'd like to contribute.
Click here to contact Rosemary and her team about how you can donate your supplies.
If you don’t have plans to be in the Northeast anytime soon, and shipping out material donations is not in the cards, you can still support Rosemary and her mission to help the homeless community by making monetary donations.
Click here to donate to Quilting for a Cause.
This time of year, New York City is a cold, often snowy, place. I can’t imagine the chill one must feel deep in their bones when they’re living on the streets. Members of the homeless community have little to call their own, and owning a beautiful - and more importantly, warm - handmade quilt could be a life-changer for them.
Wrapping themselves in warmth from a stranger is a reminder that they are seen, and that someone out there thinks they matter. What a meaningful thing, to show your fellow human that they matter. Because of course they do. Of course they matter.
We admire you, Rosemary. Thank you for doing such important work.
- Carolyn Knees