Community Service:

Boy!! Did we have a good turnout for our January 10th Sew Day. I would like to thank Nancy Stutz, Nita Duke, Nancy Hallerman, Anna Maria Georg, Paulette Murray, Lydia Sweigart, Cindi Young, Susan Rowland, Linda Heier, and Sonja Richardson for participating. We sandwiched quilts, organized fabric and made quilt tops. I think fun was had by all.

For 2014 we donated 117 quilts. Forty-seven to Child Safe, fifty-three to Foster Care, seventeen to Project Linus and probably more that distributors didn’t let me know about.

Community Service provides quilts to Child Safe, Foster Care, Honor Flight, Blue Star Mothers, Project Linus, other organizations needing a raffle quilt, fire victims or anyone else in need. The fabric is donated from members, quilt shops and estates. We also accept your quilt tops that you never plan on quilting. It may have been a class project that needs a few borders—we will finish it for you. If it’s a project you don’t want to admit to, don’t worry no one will know where it came from and a child will love it.

The Community Service Committee coordinates the making and distributing of quilts for those local organizations and individuals in need. At least two times a year, LNCQ members get together to put together kits for members to assemble, and prepare quilts for longarm quilters to quilt. Other members then bind and finish the quilts. Once completed the quilts are distributed where needed.

Fabric and sometimes batting is donated by fabric stores, members or families of prior members. Members are also encouraged to donate their completed quilting class projects that they don’t want and orphan (extra) blocks. These make a great start for the community service quilts.

Child Safe has over 350 children pass through their facility each year. The majority of these children are five to thirteen years of age. The therapists, with Child Safe, say that when a child receives a quilt, they immediately wrap themselves in it. Kinship/Foster Care place approximately a dozen children each month. That equals 144 children per year. LNCQ would love to have every one of these children receive a quilt. Honor Flight sends approximately 125 Veterans twice a year to Washington DC. LNCQ contributes as many quilts as possible to cover these veterans. Large quilts are donated to Crossroads Safehouse for abused women.