Quilting for Charities
Quilters are some of the most generous and giving people I know.
If you find a group of quilters, you will find some if not all of them donate quilts, fabric and or time to charities. It’s not a requirement but quilters seem to be very generous with their time and talents. And after you have made quilts for everyone in your family, friends and you just don’t know what to do with the next quilt you want to make then donating them seems like a good thing to do with them.
There are so many people who need the love and comfort that a homemade quilt can bring.
You don’t have to make a whole quilt to donate to charities either; I know a lady who makes quilt blocks and sends them in for other women to piece them together and they give them to soldiers (I am not sure what program it is but she loves giving to her soldiers). There are opportunities for you to donate fabric if you have more than you will ever use and let’s face it many of us have some fabric that at one time we thought we would use but now that we look at it we just don’t think it fits in with what we enjoy using now, you can donate for someone else to make quilts for charity. You can make quilt tops and donate them. Many charities accept quilt tops and have them either tied or longarm quilted. If you have a longarm, you can volunteer to quilt finished tops made by someone else.
How do you decide what charity to make quilts for?
Is there someone in your family that has a specific illness such as cancer, AIDS? Are you interested in giving to our veterans? or maybe the homeless? How about children in a crisis such as those in foster care or homeless shelters? There are even places you can donate snuggle quilts for animals in shelters.
Our quilt guild collects quilts for specific charities they have voted to support and if you are a member of a guild and yours might too. If you aren’t a member of a guild, or your guild doesn’t have a charity donation program then you might find a charity in the list below that you would like to work with.
Don’t limit yourself to just these areas though. There are many possibilities and you can always find someone in need.
Types of charities you can donate quilts to.
This is just the charities I found after doing a search online. Many have local chapters and you can certainly find more charities locally by calling around. I hope you find something that you can work with.
- Newborns in Need NIN volunteers provide care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill, or impoverished newborns. Newborns In Need distributes items free of charge to babies in the United States.
- Forever Warm – Forever Warm was created to provide parents of stillborn children with a blanket that they can wrap their children in for pictures and/or burial. Parents are also given the choice to keep the blanket as a personal keepsake to remember their child.
- Premature babies and babies at risk
- Cozy Quilts For Scholars – Cozy Quilts for Scholars mission is to provide under-served High School graduates with a handmade quilt upon entering college.
- Quilts of Honor – providing handmade quilts to veterans and active military members
- Quilts of Valor Foundation – The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
- American Hero Quilts – provide a recognition and an appreciation to our wounded service men and women who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
- Lap quilts for wheelchairs
- fidget quilts for alzheimers
- check with local nursing homes, hospitals, hospice care,
- Aids Hospice
- Mitochondrial Disease – Mito Quilts of Hope Charity Quilts is a project whose goal is to give a quilt to every patient with Mitochondrial Disease (Mito) in Canada and the United States within 5 years.
- A Quilt For Mother’s Tears – to help comfort the mothers of police officers killed in the line of duty by creating quilts to honor the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.
- The 70273 Project – Creating quilts in memory of the 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people the Nazi put to death simply for being disabled.
- Coffee Creek Quilters – teaches quilting classes to women incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. Since 2002, we have provided a positive, hands-on program that gives our students an opportunity to learn and practice many life-enhancing skills.
- Homeless Shelters
- Battered Womens Shelters
- Police and Fire Departments for use with children
- Foster care
I longarm quilt for my guild charity quilts when I get the time (I just took one off the longarm and need to bind it) and have quilted for Quilts of Valor in the past. I am thinking I want to make fidget quilts for Alzheimer patients soon.
Do you have a favorite charity you donate quilts to? If it isn't listed let me know and I will add it.
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