The Community Service Committee of RCQG focuses on giving handmade quilts to children who have extended stays in local hospitals. The goal for 2016 is to distribute 400 quilts. We would like to urge all of our members to complete at least one of our small quilts that we offer at each guild meeting night. Many of you already do your share and more, so with just a little more effort by all members we could reach this lofty goal easily.
The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month to work on these donations. We organize donated materials, sew labels on each completed quilt, make block-of-the-month kits, make quilt-top kits, and work on all parts of the quilt-making process. When we have collected 25 or more finished quilts a team delivers the finished quilts to the hospitals. Plan on attending and bring a sack lunch, as we take time to eat and chat in between our quilting duties.
Kits and blocks-of-the-month are available at the guild meetings to take home to be worked on. Each year, one guild meeting is devoted to sewing on community service quilts.
- Another ongoing project is making drawstring bags for children housed at the Children’s Receiving Home. About one hundred bags per year have been donated in recent years.
- We also work on very small quilts, called “Lovies”, to be distributed to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Patrolmen keep them in their cars with small toys to give to children who need to be comforted in stressful situations.
- See other community service opportunities in the navigation bar at left.
Many hours of caring work by our guild members go into each of these projects. These efforts are appreciated by the children and their families as evidenced by the many heartfelt thank you letters received throughout the years. Thank you to all who participate.
Completed Community Service quilts are displayed each month at the guild meetings before they are distributed to the hospitals in the greater Sacramento area.
Community Service Chairs:
• Penny Berggren firstname.lastname@example.org
• Charlotte Westlake email@example.com
Please contact us if you have any questions, suggestions, or donations.
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Community Service quilts are
|Letter of Thanks. . .
Dear River City Quilters' Guild,
I am a member of Gateway Quilters' Guild in Modesto, CA. Like many of you, I spend some time each year making 2 or 3 quilts to be given away by others to people I have never met.
Last week, I walked into a Pediatric ICU room in Sacramento. As I gave my brother a hug, he wept as he said, "Look at the quilt they made for us!?" And there covering his dying 7 year old daughter was a bright, colorful expression of care from one of you. My niece was warmed and snuggled by that quilt clear up to the end. Then, the quilt was brought home as a precious memento.
My brother had no way of knowing that together we make lots and lots of quilts for "Charity." To him, that quilt was made for them personally and it was received with great humility and thankfulness.
I relay all of this to you to encourage you and to thank you. These quilts that we make mean much more than you or I ever imagined.
distributed for completion during
one of the monthly meetings.