Community Outreach 2020
The purpose of The Guild shall be to foster the art of quilting, to encourage a high standard of design and technique in all of its various forms, and to stimulate an interest in these goals within the community.
Reaching out to our community is a large part of our work. We love to make quilts for those organizations that benefit those in need in our community and surrounding areas. Our motto is showing we care…giving comfort and support…the work of our hands can wrap someone in love,
Community Outreach has been busy in July with sorting and organizing donations in the storage unit at Ladson. Members have been stopping by to help, pickup quilts for longarm services, drop off finished quilts and take quilts for distribution. Thank you… Laurie Carr, Sheila Moore, Luann Fischer, and Diane Mercer. You have been an incredible help.
So far in July, we have donated 20 quilts to Home of Hopes and Hopes House which supports homeless men and women with services. We also donated 2 quilts to a family who lost their husband , 2 quilts to a family whose father is undergoing cancer treatment. We also donated to a family who lost their son…5 comfort quilts to young toddlers, parents and siblings and an uncle who is undergoing chemotherapy. Thanks to Donna Priest Walters, Luann Fischer, and Susan Schumm for bringing these families to my attention.
***IF YOU KNOW OF ANY PERSON OR FAMILY THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM A COMFORT QUILT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
We are trying to get together 1 yard pieces of fabric and backing, both kids and adults to bring to either the August or September meeting for people to pick and choose any three fabrics (or five fabrics) to make charity quilts. Remember you get to pick the 1 yard pieces to put together. Also, there will be patterns for you to choose from as well. Of course, you can always use your own patterns.
I am excited to see all of you!
BUSY HANDS ARE HAPPY HEARTS!!!
In 2021, we are supporting several local charities within the lowcountry.
- Doors to Freedom is a local non-profit organization that provides a safe haven and support for young girls ages 12-18 who are survivors of human sex trafficking. Guild members can support in many ways including providing girls with twin size quilts (approximately 60” by 85”) and lap size quilts (50”by60”) as well as pillowcases. The girls will take them when they leave the shelter. Link: www.doorstofreedom.com
- Royal Family Kids Camp is for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the foster care system. It is a yearly one-week residential camp offered free for boys and girls aged 7-11. Children receive a quilt approximately 50” by 60” that they take home as a reminder of their week long safe environment camp. Link: www.summerville.royalfamilykids.org/quilts
- My Sister’s House is a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. We provide an emergency crisis shelter, court advocacy, therapy, transitional housing, and more to empower victims – and their children – to live free from abuse. They accept twin bed quilts (approx.60” by 85”), lap size quilts (50” by 60” or larger) and pillowcases which guests take home after their stay. Link: www.mysistershouse.org
- Newborns in Need, local chapter in Charleston area, is dedicated to making sure that the teen mom, the stressed family, the mother overwhelmed in sadness is supported in the first moments of the child’s life. Newborns In Need has positioned itself as the first response for the baby in crisis. Talented hands create warm blankets, afghans and quilts to fill the kits, lovingly created by Guild Members. Sizes range from 36” by 36” to 40/42” by 40/42”. The quilts are sent home with the families to wrap their babies in love and warmth. Link: www.newbornsinneed.org
- MUSC Children’s Center is an integrated health care delivery system that provides comprehensive care for children from before birth up to eighteen years of age. It is located in Charleston. Any size quilts and standard size pillowcases are welcomed. The children take the quilts when they are released to go home. Link: www.musckids.org
- University of South Carolina Pediatric Intensive Care in Charleston Is one of only a few intensive care units in the country dedicated to pediatric heart care. Our team of pediatric cardiologists provides diagnostic and treatment services for children with heart disease in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. These physicians and other care providers work together with other pediatric specialists to coordinate care and provide the best possible outcomes to our patients. Guild Members can make frogs (weighted adapted bibs filled with rice), blankets (13”by20”) that are crocheted, knitted or receiving blankets with no batting, bibs and beanies for preemies and infants. Link: musckids.org/our-services/heart-center/pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
- Home of Hope is organization in Dorchester County to meet the needs of homeless men in the Summerville area. Hope’s House in Summerville provide beds for homeless women. There is no time limit for their residents. Their mission is to provide a safe environment, support services, and an avenue to independence for those in a housing crisis. The organization believes that all people deserve the basic necessities of life, and feel it is an integral part of the community. Quilters can make quilts for beds (60”by85”), comfort lap quilts (50”by60”, and pillowcases. These items are given to the men and women when they leave the residence. Link: dcco4homeless.org
- Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. (LOR) is a non-profit organization in Charleston County that provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected. Members can make quilts (approximately 40/42”by 40/42” that could be donated to children aged 1-5. Link: lowcountryorphanrelief.org
- Magdalene House of Charleston is a nonprofit recovery home for women facing addiction. They offer an opportunity to recover and learn life skills in a safe environment with encouragement, accountability, and structure. Link: https://magdalenehouseofcharleston.org
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a state-designated regional perinatal center, providing comprehensive care to healthy and critically ill newborns throughout the state. We believe that parents are active partners in the care of their babies and in the understanding and development of the science of newborn care. The compassionate treatment we provide is a model of effective integration of evidence-based, interdisciplinary and family-centered approaches. Link: Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Services | MUSC Health | Charleston SC (musckids.org)
- Winwood Farm in Awendaw provides a quality array of services: community based prevention services, residential care/treatment, out-patient, school-based and/or community-based prevention services that are flexible and adapt to the changing needs of the children and families; Maintaining a safe and secure environment that allows a child to thrive and that encourages family engagement in the therapeutic process. Link: https://windwoodfarm.org