Thursday, July 02, 2009

Philanthropy - Why we do it


I think longarm quilters all do some form of charity quilting. I quilt for Camp Reach for the Sky through Rosie's Calico Cupboard in San Diego. CR4TS is for kids with cancer. Every kid that goes to camp takes home a quilt to snuggle with. I continue to do them because the rewards, though unseen, are wonderful.

This year I did church raffle quilts back to back. The proceeds from the raffle go to the Prayers and Squares group at the church. Our P&S group provides quilts for comfort and healing after surgeries, death of a loved one and any life-altering event. My group does not quilt them, they tie the quilts. The P&S group stitches embroidery thread in many plaes on the quilt to give it stability. The pastor announces the quilts for the congregation (or their relatives or friends) and they are set out between services on Sunday morning. People find the threads not yet tied and says a prayer for the receiver and then tie the thread in a knot. The receiver knows that each knot represents a prayer said for them. It is very comforting.

I'm still waiting for the $$ numbers from the Immaculate Heart of Mary raffle quilt. The catholic church had a spring carnival and one of the events was the quilt raffle.

My church, Spririt of Joy Lutheran church just had the drawing for the winner of the Spring Star on Father's Day. Our Prayers and Squares group received $666.25 from the proceeds of the raffle. They will use that to buy batting and thread. Many people, myself included, donate left over fabric from projects that we have completed at home. That group, 25 strong now, creates beauty and comfort using the bought and donated items. It is a worthwhile organization.

1 comment:

chrisee said...

What a great idea - the P's & S's quilt - and how loved anyone who received a quilt would feel.

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