Friday, April 3rd was a red-letter day at Quilts for Kids! Not only did Marie Bostwick hold a book-signing for her new book, Second Sister, she also invited her (and our) good friend, Mark Lipinsky to spend the afternoon.
While Marie signed books and worked on a quilt top, Mark entertained our lucky volunteers with his unique sense of humor.
Thanks to Marie for taking time out of her busy promotional schedule to visit with us and donate part of the book sale proceeds to QFK!
And thanks to Mark for sharing ideas on how to grow our charity, based on his extensive knowledge of the quilting world!
It means so much to us that Marie and Mark each give their enthusiastic endorsement to our mission, turning tears into smiles for children in need.
Down in Summerville, SC, Laurie Carr diligently pieces and quilts colorful, beautifully-made quilts for children. When her total reaches 100, she and her husband take a road trip to Fairless Hills, PA, to deliver the quilts.
We're always glad to visit with them and ooh and aah over all the quilts. Some day soon, 100 more children in need will be smiling as they receive their quilts.
Organized in October, 2010, the Winchester, Kentucky, chapter of Quilts for Kids, made it's first delivery of 17 quilts to Kentucky Children's Hospital in January, 2011. Since then, membership has increased to include dozens of members throughout central Kentucky.
By March, 2013, the total reached 500 quilts. As of December 2014, the grand total of quilts donated came to 1005! And that's not the whole story. These generous, prolific volunteers have also donated a wide variety of other items to comfort hurting children and their families, including receiving blankets, fleece throws, pillowcases, NICU sheets, baby hats, superhero capes, stuffed bears, adult hats and scarves.
Chapter Leader, Rosemary Campbell, tells us they are always looking for new members and asserts, "If you don't quilt, we will be happy to teach you!"
BIG news from Cheryl Sloan, Chapter Leader in Waycross, GA: “You are never too old to be a volunteer. We welcome Bessie Thomas, age 102. Bessie has been a quilter for many years and has recently become our newest volunteer."
Born November 10, 1912, Bessie is a retired school teacher of special needs children and presently teaches Sunday School to the adults at Emmanuel Faith Tabernacle Church in Augusta.
In 1939 she married railroad worker, Tom Thomas. Because she had been kicked by her mule when plowing the fields of her family's cotton farm, she could not have children of her own. But when her niece had 2 boys that she could not raise herself she asked Bessie and Tom to raise them. So, at the age of 52 they took on raising an 18-month-old and a newborn, whom she and Tom later adopted. She now has 2 grandchildren ...