CHILDREN'S STORIES


san salvadore

From our Annapolis Chapter

A group of 12 people from Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, MD, traveled to El Salvador to help out at the Children's Center in San Salvador last month, and Quilts for Kids accompanied them in the form of a quilt for a very special child.

 

They gave this quilt to a girl from a little village in El Salvador, who is dying of cancer, and has gone home to be with her parents and five little sisters. 

spidey

Made to Order

Shelly Albert, Lehigh Acres chapter, says

"I received a thank you from the mom of Chase , who received a quilt from the Lehigh Acres Chapter. I made it and gave it to her directly as she is known to many of us. She is the hygienist in our local dentist's office. I asked what he would like. She responded, "Spiderman."

Here's what his mom, Danielle, had to say,

"Thanks for taking the time to make the Spiderman quilt for Chase. He has become obsessed with Spiderman and thinks his "Spidey blankie" is so cool. You are a wonderful person for what you do and we really appreciate your kindness."

 

ryan  

 Thanks for the Monkeys

Thank you for Ryan’s quilt. It was made by Diane C.  He had an upper GI done last week and it gave him something to look at and think about while he was waiting. It’s perfect. Ryan has been wanting a quilt to go with his favorite stuffed monkey he sleeps with every night. It was the perfect one for him.

 

Thank you,

The Smith Family

 

ISRAEL  

Thanks from Israel Soroka NICU

 

Kendra Grove's Hagerstown, MD, chapter recently donated quilts to Soroka Medical Center's NICU in the Negev through American Friends of Soroka Medical Center.

 

Kendra received the following thank you letter from the head of the Neonatal Department, Dr. Agneta Golan:

 

"On behalf of all the children, families, and members of my team I want to thank you all for the wonderful quilts.  They have already been introduced into the NICU.  We appreciate your work, your thoughts, and especially the way you put your thoughts into action.  We warmly accept you into our extended family of those who work day and night for the well-being of our babies.  You have touched our hearts!"

 

kayden  

 

Thanks from Kayden's Mom

 

"Kayden was able to come home for a visit this weekend, and his quilt arrived yesterday while he was home.  He loves all the colors and the animal print.  It made us so happy!  You all are amazing.  God bless each and every one of you."

 

 

vanessa  

Thanks from Vanessa's Mom

 

"My daughter Vanessa received a quilt from you a year and a half ago because she accidentally burned her lower back while camping. It was such a difficult time in our life and every kind gesture from friends, family, medical staff and you touched our hearts. Thank you so much for your wonderful gift and your organization Quilts for Kids, Inc. for making such beautiful quilt with owls and putting a smile on my daughter's face when it was needed most. I've taken a few pictures recently of Vanessa playing with her sister Daniella on the quilt; they build blocks on it, play games on it, but their favorite activity is to set up Tea Party on it. Vanessa also likes to take it to the park with her and for sleepovers. Thank you again and God bless your kind work."

 Violetta

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One Grandmother's Story

 

"My four-year-old grandson, Peter, is at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for treatment of Medulloblastoma.  Since I am here to take care of his little brother and sister, I thought it would be nice to attend Quilt Festival.  I came upon the Quilts for Kids booth and shared my story about Peter's on-going battle with cancer.  The ladies were so kind and graciously gave me a kit so I can make a quilt for him.  I broke down in tears; their act of kindness was so touching." 

cool kids  

Feeling the Care Package Love

 

Look very carefully on the table next to Liam's head, and you will spot a Quilts for Kids quilt contributed by the QFK Chapter in Boyds, MD.  Chapter Leader, Kathy Thorne, works closely with the Cool Kids Campaign whose mission is to improve the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients.  Sounds like a perfect fit!

 

 

     
 cars  

 

Dear Quilts for Kids,  

 

We have had a lot of happy kids here thanks to your quilts. Many come from broken homes and/or have been shuffled around from foster home to foster home in search of their “forever family.”  Many have been abused, neglected or molested and have trouble forming attachments with caregivers.   Some kids come from a nuclear family but have a diagnosis of Bipolar.  So we see many different kinds of children from all walks of life and backgrounds. 

 

When children arrive at our unit, they are usually either physically aggressive or “shut down” and saying nothing.    Many are scared to be away from their caregivers; separating from family when it’s time to go, especially on the child’s first night with us, is very traumatic.   Your quilts have helped immensely in easing their transition.

 

One child we had was an 8 year old boy, we will call J.   J was admitted in the afternoon after he told school officials that he wanted to kill himself.  He was brought to the emergency room and to our unit for a hospital stay.   We went through all the paperwork, had the tour, and it was time for he and mom to separate so he could join the rest of the kids.  He had a meltdown, grabbing onto mom and refusing to let go.   One of our nurses said to him, “You’re going to have lots of fun here.  We even have a game room you can play air hockey in.  But first, we need to get you  a quilt for your bed.  This is a special quilt that you can take home.”  She took J and his mom into our storage room and they sifted through the quilts until they found one with cars on it.  He immediately picked that one and went to put it on his bed.  He and mom visited for a few more minutes, identifying the different cars on his quilt, and he was able to separate from her so he could join the rest of the children.   

 

Another teenage girl we had was developmentally delayed.  She had some obsessive compulsive issues and was refusing to eat and drink at home.   We don’t normally give the teenagers quilts but we had some larger ones made out of old jeans.   We were trying to get her to open up as well as to eat and drink while on the unit.  We used the “jean quilt” for her as part of a behavior modification program to encourage her to eat and drink.  She loved the jean quilt because it wasn’t “babyish” – it was made for a teenager.  She ended up doing well and would carry her “jean quilt” around the unit to all the groups, keeping it tucked neatly around her legs.

  

We had recently a little girl from the coal mines of southwest VA.  She came with shoes that had holes in them, no socks, and extremely dirty.   We got her in the tub and washed her hair, as well as treated her for lice and scabies.   She was a dear little girl who was so thankful for everything, and that says a lot when you are serving hospital food, lol.  When she got to pick out her quilt, she literally welled up with tears of joy.   At home, she was sleeping on a mattress on the floor with her siblings and they all shared 1 lightweight sheet.  She was thrilled to have her quilt on her very own hospital bed (off the floor) and would check her room in between groups to ensure her quilt was still on her bed. 

 

One of the things we remind kids as they leave us is to keep their quilt on their beds at home as a reminder of their stay with us, and as a reminder of all the coping skills they have learned here.    We are truly honored to be working with these children at such a time of crisis in their lives.   Your quilts and your service in making them, are a part of their journey to emotional and mental healing.    

 

Thank you for your service! 

 

Stephanie Loveridge, MSN, RN-BC

Unit Manager, Child and Adolescent Psych

Virginia Baptist Hospital

 

   

 

tiny preemie  

I want to thank you so much for the quilt...

 

that was made with love by Sandy. It served my son well for the 50 days he was in the NICU.

 

You have no idea how much this meant to us to have a token of love to go with us along our journey.

 

Again thank you. It meant the world to me and my family! Keiran will keep this quilt with him, and I hope one day he can pass it to his children!

     
boston  

We were at Children's Hospital Boston for 5 months...

 

and we wanted to thank you for our awesome quilt. We are really enjoying it at home!

 

Thank you for your kindness!  A special thanks to the "Tewksbury friends" of Boston!   One of those fantastic people made our special quilt!

     
JACOB  

Thank you for sending Jacob the quilt.

 

It really brightened his day!  Keep up the good work.

     
kellen  

 This Visit Made our Day!

 

This smiling little guy is 2-year-old Kellen, whose dad, Carl, brought him in to say, thanks for the quilt.

 

He received it while being treated for liver cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Carl noticed the QFK logo on the label, then as he was driving down Lincoln Highway in Fairless Hills, he spotted that same logo on the sign in our parking lot.

 

He stopped in the say hello and to tell us the good news: Kellen is in remission!

     
 Breezy pt    

"My family was greatly impacted by Superstorm Sandy here in Breezy Point, NY."

 

"While our community pulls together to rebuild, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity, thoughts and prayers of others.  Know that what you do does make a difference in the lives of others! 

 

Thanks to Diannah of San Antonio for the beautiful quilt she made for Quilts for Kids."

     
 lily    

"Love is not even a good enough word for how she feels about this quilt!"

 

According to her mom, Seven-year-old Lily feels better already because she can take her "bugs" quilt to Cincinnati where she will receive a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. 

     
 ANDREW    

Big "Kids" Love Quilts, too.

 

We never expected our young accountant to end up hospitalized with a life-threatening Illness.

 

Sending love your way, Andrew.  So happy the quilt made you smile!

     
 peyton    

"Thanks so much from the beautiful quilt!"

 

.....Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Indiana

     
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 The Little Bit of Love 

"I have been meaning to write you a thank you note for the beautiful quilt since my son was discharged from the hospital in March.  Your quilt was truly like a hug from God the day that we received it.

 

"My son was hospitalized twice for a total of 12 days for a ruptured appendix and an abscess.  The day we received the quilt my son was in surgery.  When I got back to his room I opened the door to find a freshly made bed with the beautiful quilt draped over the foot of the bed.  It was just the little bit of love that I needed to get through the surgery and the following days.

 

"Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with those who surely need a dose of love!"

     
     

Justin Loves his Quilt!

Soon after he received his quilt from Betty Wright, Northeast Georgia Chapter Leader, Justin took a turn for the worse.  Fortunately, his mom writes, he rallied and was able to go home the following day, where he sleeps in his crib, cuddled up with his quilt.

 

     
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 Quilts Comfort Moms, too.

My daughter, Mackenzie, received a quilt made by Virginia Howard while she was a patient in Tucson Medical Center's NICU. The quilt really made a colorful difference in our stay and really showed the devotion and support of the organization. As a single mother with a 6 year old and a newborn the feeling of being alone is always present and I found the support I needed in that quilt. I will always remember the generosity and compassion and will ensure that Mackenzie knows where the quilt came from so she can pass it on to her children. Thank you from my whole heart! Kirsten, Alyssa, and Mackenzie

     
     

We Love a Happy Ending!

 

We received one of your quilts when we stayed at a Ronald McDonald house in PA. I was told that the baby I was carrying would probably not make it to birth.

 

My daughter was born at CHOP in February, 2012.  She stayed strong. She remained in the NICU for a month. I received one of your quilts during this time. Once I got the approval to let her have it in the NICU, it became her favorite blanket to be wrapped in.  My daughter, who is going to be 11months, still enjoys cuddling in the quilt. She loves it so much!

     
     

Thanks from Devastated Sea Bright, NJ

 

Quilts for Kids sent (and continues to send)  hundreds of quilts to the devastated towns in New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.  They do make a difference.

     
     

Thanks from a Grandma

 

QFK recently received a thank you note letting us know, once again, how much the quilts mean to the children:

 

“To All Quilters,
My grandson lives with my husband and me and hasn’t always had the good life he has now.  The quilts that were handcrafted and donated to Head Start are absolutely gorgeous and such a kind, loving thing to do.

 

I want to thank you all.  My grandson LOVES his quilt and slept with it last night.  When he is not sleeping with it, he wraps his stuffed animals in it.  It’s never far from him.  Thanks again for your time, generosity and love.”

     
     

Christmas Thanks from a Patient

 

“Hello! On December 20th I had a spinal fusion and couldn’t leave until a day after Christmas, resulting in my spending Christmas in the hospital. My dad brought in a little tree and it was really nice.

 

What really made it memorable was when the nurse brought in a pillow case full of a few random gifts. On the bottom was a quilt.. It was probably the best gift I’ve ever received. I don’t know why but it was just really meaningful and ironically covered in monkeys which throughout my hospital experience was kind of an inside joke with my mom and me. But I just want to let you know I really appreciate what you guys do and love the quilt I got!”

     
     

Thanks from a New Mom

 

“I just wanted to say thank you for such a beautiful gift.  My son needed surgery to reconstruct his skull at three months old.  While this had to be one of the most frightening experiences for my husband and me, it was the kindness of a complete stranger that brought comfort not only to our son while he was healing in the PICU at CHOP, but to us as well.  To provide the quilt as a means of comfort is such a beautiful gesture and reminds us how powerful and healing kindness is."

     
     

The Small Things Make the Biggest Difference

 

Hello, we wanted to thank Quilts for Kids and especially Miss Deb for her beautiful gift of love!

My son has asthma and sleep apnea and is sick just about every day of his life.  We hope this recent operation will bring some good health his way. Jaxson is only three, so the entire process was traumatic for him.  With the special care of the nurses and the “Cars” hand-made quilt, he was calmed and comforted.  He cherishes his quilt and tells everyone who comes to see him about this special lady who is helping him get better!

 

Thank you so much for the gift. It’s the small things that make the biggest difference.

 

I have posted a link to all our family and friends to enable them to make a donation to QFK,.  Jaxson just wanted Miss Deb to know he loves his quilt and keeps it by his side!

 

Thanks again,
Tina

     
     

Thanks from Concord, NC

 

The Child Life Department here at the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital would like to thank you for your generous donations of quilts. Our patience enjoyed being able to receive on of the blankets your donated to them during their stay with us here in the hospital. It is through your generous donation that makes a patient stay more pleasant and feels more like home instead of a hospital. We have seen a lot of smiles from all of our patients and families because of your love shown. Thank you for your time and dedication fo our families here at the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital. 

Thank you,

Child Life Department Staff

     
     

Thanks from the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

 

Thank you so much for your recent donation of quilts to our NICU. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by our staff, our families and most of all the babies! We have had so many positive comments about the quilts & the families are looking forward to taking them home with their new babies!

Sincerely,

AMC NICU

     
     

Thanks from Maryland

     
     

Shayla Loved Her Quilt!

 

Shay LOVED her quilt! Her face was filled with the biggest smile. Thank you so very much for providing such a perfect quilt for her! Shayla’s favorite thing is rainbows! What you all do as your mission is incredible! I feel extremely humbled to have seen firsthand how much love and joy is brought by these quilts you provide!
Thank you from the Garrett family and from Caylee and me.

     
     

Thanks from Akron Children’s Hospital

 

Thank  you so much for your donation of over a hundred beautiful, hand-made quilts for patience at Akron Children's Hospital. We value the support we receive from our community in allowing us to make our patients' stay as happy as possible. We are grateful you have responded to our need with such compassion and commitment. You can be sure your donation brought much comfort and joy to our patients. 

Thank you for thinking of those in our care. Please know you have made a difference in the lives of our patients and we truly appreciate your kind generosity. 

Sincerely,

Vicki Parisi
Manager, Volunteer Services 

     
     

Thanks from Children’s Friend in Rhode Island

Thank you for Quilts for Kids' recent donation of five bags of quilts. Your donation will be used by our agency to better the lives of the families we serve.

Children's Friend works to provide Rhode Island's youngest, poorest and most vulnerable children with a happy, healthy start in life and the best possible chance for success in the future. Many of the families we serve struggle to meet the most basic needs for their children. Contributions such as yours help us to achieve our mission and can make a real difference in a child's life. 

Since no goods or services were provided in exchange for this donation, your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

Thanks again for supporting Children's Friend. We could not do this work without you. 

Sincerely,

Bryan W Ferguson
Director of Development 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

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Thanks from Habitat for Humanity

 

Hello, Linda and Team!

 

I was able to deliver a few more quilts this weekend at our recent home dedication for our newest, soon-to-be homeowner and was able to snap some photos. 

 

While the honored person’s daughter was not able to be in attendance, these daughters of current Habitat homeowners were.  They were SO excited!  They loved the colors and patterns of their new quilts! 

 

So, thank you, thank you!

 

Truly,
Stefanie


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Thanks from a Mom

 

Wonderful Volunteers, I wanted to say thank you to you guys for my daughter's quilt. She had a lot of pain after surgery and the quilt helped brighten her stay. It is beautiful as are your hearts. Thank you. 

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Thanks from Brooke’s Mom

 “On Tuesday our entire world was turned upside down when we were told that our beautiful horse-riding, almost 14-year-old has a large chest mass which is pressing on her heart and trachea. We were immediately admitted to the ICU.  One of the many people that we met the next day was part of the child life team here at the hospital- she brought Brooke a bag of goodies along with one of the beautiful quilts which came from your organization. I was blessed by its beauty in these very drab surroundings. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how very much we appreciated this and how much it has meant to us. My daughter has preferred to use the quilt rather than the plain white blanket in her hospital bed. It just made a difference, made us smile and made my heart feel thankful during this very difficult time…and I wanted to let you know.”

 

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Thanks from Rulyn’s Mom

 

 “Rulyn says he is doing well and is so thankful to have so many people care about him. He’s our little super star and is a former Baby Gap model. You should see him with hair.  It’s beautiful!  He adores the quilt you all sent him, and we dearly appreciate it. God Bless.”

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Dominion Energy Delivers

 

 “Demtri has not allowed the quilt to leave his side since receiving it yesterday afternoon!  The quilt is making him feel better, assisting him in getting a good night’s rest..”

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Thanks from Leila’s Mom

 

 “Leila absolutely loves her quilt so much.  She does everything with it now, like her new best friend.  She uses it as both a blanket and quilt inside the hospital and at home and plays on it with her toys also. Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness of making this quilt for her.  Her little face is just priceless, I can not thank you enough.”

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Thanks from a Grateful Mother

 

 

“Because Thaddeus was born with several heart defects, he was immediately whisked away to the resuscitation room by a waiting team of doctors, and then to NICU. At 5 days old, Thaddeus underwent a 13-hour open heart surgery. When he woke up in PICU he was lying on his quilt. Unfortunately, due to complications and the number of repairs inside his heart Thaddeus entered complete heart block and required surgery again for a permanent pacemaker.

Due to all the cords and IV’s as well as his pain level and incision, we held Thaddeus only once from the moment he was born until the time he was 3 weeks old. It meant so much to us that he was surrounded by a quilt lovingly made for him during that time. You cannot imagine how comforting it is to have someting special in a hospital environment.

To the quilter, Thank you. Thaddeus still uses his quilt. He is currently in heart failure from pacemaker induced cardiomyopathy and is in and out of the hospital, each time with his special quilt.”

Read more at Downy.

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Thanks from a Georgia Mom

 

“I would just like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” for the quilt that was given to my daughter during her stay at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She absolutely loved it and has used it every day since she has been home.

This is a great way to make kids smile while they are in the hospital. Thank you all again so much.

A special thanks to Mary S. for making the beautiful quilt.”

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Thanks from Children’s Friend in RI

 

 

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Thanks from Nemours in DE

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Thanks from Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando

 

 

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Thanks from Waynesboro Hospital in PA

 

 

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Thanks from Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

 

 

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Her Quilt Still Means So Much to Her

 

“I wanted to send a well deserved “thank you” to Quilts for Kids and all the volunteer quilters. I had my multiple back surgeries in December of 2009/2010 when I was 23 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I remember waking up from one of my three back surgeries of the week and a nurse laying a beautiful quilt on me. It is a beautiful pink and green quilt with frogs and dragonflies made by an angel named Valerie. 

I may not be a kid anymore, but I sure felt like one :] It meant so much in such a scary time in my life. To this day it still lays on my bed and reminds me of how wonderful people can be. I cannot tell you enough how much it meant to me that day and how much it still does. Thank you for all you do. If it made a 23 year old’s day, I can’t imagine what it does for younger children!

I know this is a pretty delayed thank you, but it’s been a long road to recovery. I apologize for the delay.”

Love,
Colleen

 

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Thanks from a Georgia Mom

 

“Thank you so much for Annabeth’s quilt (my daughter). We would have taken pictures, but I believe this is a time in her life we would like to forget. The quilt added joy and comfort to her stay at the Children’s Hospital in Macon Ga. A special thanks to Lindamay for making it. Annabeth is better right now and hopefully this journey is over! Thanks again.”

Our thanks to Cheryl Sloan and our wonderful Waycross, Georgia, chapter, just one of our 85 chapters nationwide, making a difference in the lives of children close to home.

 

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Thanks from Daniel’s Mom

 

Dear Quilts for Kids,

Thank you so much for the quilt we received for Daniel. It just so happened he has been sick this week. I know this quilt has been a huge comfort for him. He loves to look at the bright colors and feel the quilting thread. Thank you for your kindness and wanting to help kids like Daniel with the comfort of a quilt. 

Thank you,

Michelle and Daniel

 

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Thanks from a Mom

 

 “I am here at Childrens Hospital waiting for my daughter to come out of surgery and the rotating nurse came out and gave us a special gift for our daughter.  She has been here for 7+ months, and we received a beautiful quilt made by Annie G.  I would like to thank you and your organization and Annie for your special gift and kind hearts.” 
Thank you from the Smith family

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

 

 

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Thanks from Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center

 

 “How warm and wonderful your beautiful quilts are!  The children adore them and it makes their rooms all the more personal to them.  Thank you for all you do!”

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Thanks from the Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY

 

 

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Thanks from St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ

 

 

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Thanks from a Mom

Having been given a heart-breaking diagnosis, one mom takes the time to let us know how much a QFK quilt meant to her family.

“My 5 month old daughter, was recently hospitalized at (a hospital in New Jersey.) We received a devastating diagnosis on Christmas Day.  We were absolutely destroyed.  As a holiday gift, she was given a colorful pink monkey quilt. It is a fun, uplifting, happy quilt.  She really likes looking at all of the colors.  At a time like this it is especially heartwarming to know that people care. Your thoughtfulness and generosity will never be forgotten.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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Personal Thanks

Notes from the heart remind us how much the quilts mean to the kids.

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Personal Thanks from a Child

The most poignant notes come from the young patients themselves, thanking us for helping them through tough times.

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Thanks from a Colorado Family

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful gift we received from your group.

Zoey was born on Christmas Eve 5 weeks premature.  She did really well despite being so early and spent about a week in NICU.  While she was there, one of the nurses pulled me aside and asked me to pick out a quilt for her.  It was such a nice gesture for complete strangers to send over such meaningful gifts. All the quilts were so beautifully made, it was so hard to pick one out. I decided on the one with colors that matched her nursery.

We got to bring Zoey home 2 days ago on New Year’s Eve and it has been amazing having her home finally.  Thank you again for the gifts. You all are such wonderful people to do things like that for complete total strangers. It is really inspiring,

Judy & Marty H

 

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Thanks from a Michigan Mom

 

 “My daughter was in the PICU last week and she got a beautiful “clowning around” quilt from this organization… Thank-you so much for everyone who does this! It was so nice for her to receive something special while she was working hard to feel better and fight off a bad cold. She loves the bright colors on her quilt (and I loved that it cheered up her room while we were there).”

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Thanks from Kennedy Health System, Stratford, NJ

 

 

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Made With a Lot of Love

 

 Just to make sure we know...this note was tucked into a quilt sent to headquarters.

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Thanks from Bastrop, TX

 

 

Marie Schlameus, QFK Round Rock Chapter, updates us on the quilts gifted to victims of the recent Texas wildfires.

She writes, “I want to share an email from a family in Bastrop with all of the QFK Chapters who generously gave quilts for the children in Bastrop. The quilts have been distributed to churches in Bastrop who joined forces to shelter and provide assistance to families who had the least resources.”

Dear Quilters,
Our family recently was given two quilts made by your organization for our children through The Hideout Christian Learning Center. We lost our home in the Bastrop wildfires, and your donation to our son and daughter touched us deeply. The children ages 7 and 3 were so delighted to have such beautiful quilts to cuddle after loosing their old trusty blankets!  So many people have done so much for us and these quilts are so special and just another reminder to us of all the people who have stepped up and helped so many affected by the fire.

Thank you for your thoughts and kindness, we appreciate the love so much.

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Thanks from a Grateful Mom

 

 

    “My son had his first surgery this past Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. I found myself nervous about the surgery. I was worried about my little three year old feeling alone and scared in the operating room. Just before being rolled into the operating room, a nurse came in with a quilt for him. It was a “Cars” quilt, which is perfect, because that is his favorite movie. As soon as he saw “Mater” and “Lightning McQueen” his eyes just lit up. It was just the reassurance I needed.

      “I want to thank Davie Quilters and all of the volunteers at Quilts for Kids for offering their time, services, and talents to help ease the discomfort of children and their families. Nothing represents warmth and comfort more than a quilt. Thank you do everything you do to enrich the lives of others, especially our children. A quilt is better and more soothing than any drug can ever be. 

“Sincerely Grateful,
(His Mom)  
PS: He has snuggled with the quilt at every nap since the surgery.” 

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Thanks from North Colorado Medical Center

 

 

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, TN

 

 

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Thanks from K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

 

 

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Thanks from University of Washington Medical Center

 

 

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Thanks from Fort Sam Houston

QFK San Antonio Military Chapter focuses on children of military families.

QFK San Antonio Military Chapter was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Frank E. Blakely II, Manager of Army Support Activity at Fort Sam Houston, for their quilt donations to the Warrior and Family Support Center.

Chapter Leaders, Barb Lucas and Gayle Powell have made it their mission to focus on children of military parents who need extra love and support because of illness or emotional trauma. 

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Thanks from Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey

 

 

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Thanks from the Children’s Hospital at St. Peter’s in New Jersey

 

 

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Thanks from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in New Jersey

 

 

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

 

 

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Thanks from Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio

 

 

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A Patient Thank-you

 

 “It seems like it was made just for me.”

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Thanks from Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania

 

 

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Flagstaff Medical Center Thanks QFK and We Thank Them!

 

 Flagstaff Medical Center appreciated the quilts we sent them so much that they held a fabric drive and shipped us some great 100% cotton, kid-friendly, brand-new fabric.

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Thanks from Goryeb Children’s Hospital in NJ

 

 

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Thanks from Catholic Charities of Metuchen, NJ

 

 

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Thanks from Yale-New Haven Hospital

 

 

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Although none of the emailed thank-you notes included photos, pictured here is a young patient peacefully resting with his quilt from QFK's Baton Rouge chapter.

 

The Kindness Really Matters

We wanted to share just a few thank you notes, received in the past week.

We want to thank you so much for your beautiful quilts that you make! My daughter received one while she was in the hospital for in-patient chemo and she LOVES it! She slept and still sleeps with it daily. It was wonderful to see the smile on her face! Thank you so much for all that you do to bring comfort and smiles to these children’s faces!
God Bless.

My son just went in for surgery this Friday. While we where at the hospital, the staff gave my son a hand made quilt from an organization that runs on donated time and materials. I then learned that organization is named “Quilts for Kids”. Your kind gift helped calm and comfort him during his time of need. For that, we are forever thankful. I appreciate the thought and kindness you extended to our family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I don’t know who to thank personally, but we just received a gift (a beautiful Winnie the Pooh quilt) from you while in the OR waiting room at CHOP. My son is getting brain surgery today, and the blanket will be comforting to him as he recovers.  I want to say thank you from him, until he can tell you himself. So thanks- the kindness really matters.

I just wanted to say thank you.  Recently my 10-year-old son had to have an emergency appendectomy, and he was really scared.  After the procedure the staff at CHOP put one of your adorable quilts on him and he loved it!  It really did comfort him.  He has a beloved blanket that didn’t come with us to the ER, and your quilt quickly became his safety net.

Remember, every time you piece a quilt, finish the binding, pull it out of the dryer and package it up to ship to headquarters, you are helping to comfort these children and their families. 

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

 

 

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

 

 

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Thanks from Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando

 

 

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Personal Thanks from an Alabama Mom

I want to say thank you to your Columbiana, Alabama, Chapter for my son’s quilt, he received on May 4, 2011 at Children’s Hospital of Birmingham, Alabama.

“On May 4, 2011 my son had surgery to replace his VP shunt for the first time in 8 years; while in surgery that afternoon 2 golfers brought him a beautiful red firemen quilt and placed it on his bed!

“I think that was the most wonderful thing ever, because I am constantly crocheting or knitting blankets/hats/scarves for charities. And while they were giving my baby a blanket during his most needy time, I was in the waiting room crocheting a blanket for another sick child!  I think that was so AWESOME and is such a great story….Just think when you give to people, they give to you!

“Thank you very much!
“Casey

“P.S.  He hasn’t let it out of his sight, not once, since he got it!”

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Thanks from Cooper University Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from the University of Maryland Hospital for Children

 

 

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Thanks from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ

 

 

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Thanks from Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC

 

 

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Tiny Twins Thank QFK

 

 

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Thanks from Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from Lincoln Health Center, Bronx, NY

 

 

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Thanks from Cooperstown, NY

 

 

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Thanks from a Patient’s Family

 

 

Here is just one more reminder that all the hours spent sewing by our volunteer quilters really make a difference!

“We wanted to thank you for the beautiful quilt made by “Karen”. Norah recently was admitted into Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. When we found out we would need to stay for a few days, they gave us one of your beautiful quilts. It made such a huge impact on her and it was so bright, colorful and cheerful amidst a traumatic and stressful situation. She keeps her quilt on her bed now and we always look at it fondly. It is a beautiful reminder of even though things can be tough, there is always hope to be found. THANK YOU so much!

Norah and Family”

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Thanks from a Quilter

 

 

Hi Quilts for Kids,

I have been making quilts for you for over a year now and find it a rewarding way to give back a little of my time. However, I never imagined my family would be on the receiving end.

A few weeks ago, my 7-month-old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer. When she came out of the operating room, she was covered in a lovely pink and yellow quilt. It brought tears to my eyes. It was like a gentle hug from a fellow quilter that said, we know you are in pain, but we care, and we are praying wtih you.

I just want your volunteers to know that the efforts are genuinely appreciated, and that every quilt touches a heart.

Thankfully,
Kathy G.

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Thanks from Catholic Charities in New Jersey

 

 

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Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

 

Thanks from Brookdale Hospital

 

 

I would like to thank you for the beautiful quilts that you donated to the children at Brookdale Hospital.  The love and care you took in making the quilts is so appreciated.  The families who are faced with a hospitalization are often very stressed, so the quilts bring comfort and show that the staff at our hospital care about them. 

        We are so grateful for all that Quilts For Kids has brought to our hospital.  The quilts certainly do bring warmth to the sometimes sterile environment of the hospital.  The environment also sometimes seems unwelcoming, so the quilts show that the families are welcome and cared for at Brookdale.

        I cannot thank you enough for the commitment you have made to creating these wonderful quilts and offering them to families in hospitals like ours.  It is truly a beautiful thing you are doing.  Thank you so much!

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Thanks from JAFCO

 

 Thanks from Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options in Florida

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Thanks from CONCERN

 

 

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Thanks from CMN Hospital, Hurley Medical Center in Michigan

 

 

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Thanks from Flagstaff Medical Center, PICU Staff

 

 

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Thanks from CONCERN

 

 

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Heartfelt Thanks from Kentucky

 

 

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Thanks from Sioux City

 

 

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Thanks from the Medical College of Georgia

 

 

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Thanks from CHOP Nurses

The OR and PACU staffs of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sent a donation along with their thanks on behalf of their young patients.

Caring for seriously ill children every day, hospital staff members are finely attuned to what makes their young patients’ days a little less stressful.  It means a lot to us at QFK when they tell us that the quilts we deliver bring joy and smiles to every one of them.

Their personal holiday donation not only enables us to comfort more children, but also underscores the fact that all of our quilting volunteers really do make a huge difference in the lives of families who are caught up in a life battle with illness.

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Thanks from CASA in Maryland

 

 

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Thanks From a Patient

 

 

We couldn’t have said it better.

Megan thanks us for her quilt and then goes on…“I hope that each of you understands how important your work is…Patients and their families feeling alone in their battles are reminded by your quilts that there is a world full of goodwill outside their hospital rooms.  The thought and care with which you construct each quilt turns these intagibles into something a child can hold and their family can see…that is invaluable.” 

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Thanks from Children’s Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia

 

 

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Thank You!

 

 

Thank you so much for the beautiful Cat & Mice quilt.  We were so touched by these gifts that were given to all the children at the Dravet Syndrome conference.  “Cat” is one of the few words that Alexis can say very clearly.  She loves her quilt.

Alexis will be six in January, and she is a very happy and smiley little girl, despite all she has to endure with this awful disorder.  Thank you again for this beautiful gift and all your time to make it for someone you don’t even know. 

We will treasure it always.

Love,
Clare C. 

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Thanks from Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC

 

 “The staff and children here want to thank each one of you who helped make these wonderful quilts.  People such as yourselves are so generous and caring and we appreciate you so much.  It seems difficult to make quilts and give them away, but you show your love with each stitch and design for children less fortunate.  The quilts brighten the hospital rooms then become lifetime treasures when the children go home.” 

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

 

 

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Thanks from a Mom

 

 

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Thanks from Camp Sunshine

 

 

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Thanks from the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from a Grateful Parent

 

 

“I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the most wonderful gift that was given to my son this past August at The IDEA League conference. The quilt is beautiful and how the quilt made my son feel is beyond words. When Brenda handed him his quilt he just lit up and went to each table and showed everyone at the conference his gift. He was and still is so proud of his quilt.

“So once again thank you for all the time and love you put in to each quilt.”


For information on the IDEA League and Dravet Syndrome, visit IDEA League

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Thanks from CONCERN

 

 

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Thanks from Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge

 

 

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Thanks from Shodair Children’s Hospital, Helena, MT

 

 

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Thanks from the University of Kansas Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from the FXB Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

...from a pediatric HIV provider at the FXB Center in Newark

“Thank you so very much for the quilts! They are beautiful and they came to us at the right time.  You can’t imagine the mother’s joy while picking a specific design for her child.  On behalf of the children from FXB, we want to express our gratitude to those magic fingers that made them and the wisdom that allowed them to reach the children.”

Carmen

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Thanks from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from Beaumont Hospital in Michigan

 

 

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Thanks for a Treasure

 

 

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Thanks from Nemours Partnership for Children’s Health

 

 

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Thanks from Karson

QFK receives a personal request.

We always tell our wonderful sponsors and generous donors…if you know of a child who needs a quilt, please let us know.  Recently, Sunbury Textile Mill did just that.

An employee knew of a family whose child is coping with a life-threatening illness and made sure she received a quilt in her favorite colors.  They soon received a note from Karson’s parents, which they shared with us…

“Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt that you gave to Karson.  She loves it!  I have never heard of Quilts for Kids before…....thank you for introducing this organization to us!

Thank you mostly for all the prayers!  Karson is doing very well.”

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Thanks from Family Connection, Alabama

 

 

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Thanks from Shelby County, AL

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Thanks from Children’s Health System, Birmingham

 

 

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Thanks from the Women and Children’s Hospital, Buffalo

 

 

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Thanks from Camp Sunshine

 

 

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Thanks from Riley Hospital

 

 

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SeBella's pink and yellow QFK quilt has become a happy keepsake for her and her family.

 

A Way to Give Back

Cindy, Chapter Leader in Davis, CA, recently received a truly heart-felt donation.

When we received this note from Cindy, Chapter Leader in Davis, CA, we just had to share…
  
“Hello.  My name is Kim.  My new daughter SeBella and I were in the UCD NICU almost one year ago. During our stay we were invited to pick a quilt through the Downy Touch of Comfort program.  That beautiful quilt lifted my spirits during a very tough time.

It was so nice to have an unexpected treat when things seemed so dire. I swore that if we ever got out of that hospital, I would donate every year on my daughter’s birthday as a way to give back and hopefully put an unexpected smile on the face of someone else so they could take their minds off their sick child if even for five minutes. 

Well, it has almost been a year, and her 1st birthday is just three days away - I can hardly believe it. Today we took our first shopping trip to the fabric store together and every fabric she pointed at, we purchased for donation.”

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Melorah hugs her quilt.

 

Thanks from the Dravet Conference

QFK donated a box of quilts recently to the biannual IDEA League Family conference for children with Dravet Syndrome.

Children with Dravet Syndrome and their families face daily challenges as they struggle with severe epilepsy that does not respond well to treatment.  Recently, Quilts for Kids was delighted to send a supply of quilts to the IDEA League conference in Greenwich, Connecticut.

They overwhelmed us with their gratitude.

Brenda writes…“We were amazed at the variety, quality, and organization of quilts by age and gender…it was like having Christmas several times over.  The Dravet kids were ecstatic to be able to select their own quilts.  We would search for a quilt in their favorite colors, and they would elatedly hug those quilts.”

Liam wore his quilt like a cape.  Zach was thrilleld with his music/guitar-themed quilt.  Melorah curled up in the middle of her bed with her special quilt and fell asleep.  Six of the quilts went overseas with parents of Dravet kids.

“The words, ‘thank you’ just don’t seem adequate enough to truly express our gratitude to you and all the wonderful quilters at Quilts for Kids.” 

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Thanks from New Jersey Family Health Services

A little quilt comfort goes a long way.

Dear Linda,

I will try to find a way to describe the true and heartfelt delight experienced by my HIV nurses when they saw your quilts. Our first group of quilts was delivered to the HIV clinic at Newark Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. One special quilt will go to a young child who has been taking medications without understanding the reason for them. During the “disclosure” process, this child will learn about HIV disease and how it might impact his life. A little “quilt comfort” will go a long way in helping this child accept this disclosure and develop a new set of coping skills.

Thank you so much for your generosity and for sharing your time and talent with nurses, families, and children who are truly appreciative of both!

Sincerely,

Jane Caruso, MS
Ryan White Part D Project Director

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The Best Medicine

“Don’t be scared.  You’ll get your quilt.”

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine, so we thought we’d pass on this little story from Donna, chapter leader in Victoria, Texas.

One Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the Sunday School lesson was about.  The little girl answered, “Don’t be scared, you’ll get your quilt.”

Needless to say, Mom was perplexed.  Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea so Mom asked him what that morning’s Sunday School lesson was about.

He answered….


“Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming.”

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IDEA League Parent Thanks QFK

Children at the International Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy Action (IDEA) League conference in Connecticut loved their quilts.

Children with Dravet Syndrome and their families face daily challenges as they struggle with severe epilepsy that does not respond well to treatment.  Recently, Quilts for Kids was delighted to send a supply of quilts to the IDEA League conference in Greenwich, Connecticut, to give the kids something to hold on to.  Several families e-mailed their thanks: 

Amy writes, “Thank you so much for providing all of the beautiful quilts to the IDEA League’s Family Conference.  My daughter, Taylor, loves cuddling with her quilt!  It brings a big smile to her face.  The quilt will last a long time and it will be a great reminder of the conference where we met our IDEA League family.  Your kindness is much appreciated.”

Brenda writes, “Oh what a treat it was for Amanda to be called up to the stage and have the opportunity to pick out her own special quilt!  She has slept with it during every nap and bedtime since the end of August.  Thank you for brightening Amanda’s bedtime routine with the colorful quilt!”

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A Grateful Letter from Alabama

QFK Columbiana Chapter Leader, Agnes Pool, passed on a thank-you letter from The King’s Ranch and Hannah Homes.

Lew Burdette, president of the Kings Ranch and Hannah Homes, Chelsea, AL, writes, “From my heart to yours, I want you to know you are making such a difference in the lives of the youth, women and children here.  Your recent donation (of quilts) is such a blessing…the stories of our residents are numerous—homelessness, abuse, neglect and domestic violence, to name a few.  Your donation brings hope and promise to these precious lives.”

“We are so grateful—thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

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Thanks, Jackie!

Nora found a quilt in her favorite colors.

A mom writes, “My daughter, Nora, received one of your quilts recently.  She loves it and it is made with her favorite colors.  The quilter’s name is Jackie, and the quilt is called Modern Girl.  Thank you so much for bringing a smile to Nora’s face!”

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Grateful Words from McLeod Children’s Hospital in South Carolina

From the NICU at McLeod Children’s Hospital, Florence, SC...

The Quilts are fabulous. It means so much to the parents to get these precious quilts. Please let Quilts for Kids know how much we appreciate them!

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A Thank You from Augusta, Georgia

MCG Health Children’s Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, thanks Quilts for Kids.

MCG Health Children’s Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, thanks Quilts for Kids.

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Thanks from Florida

Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando thanks QFK Space Coast chapter for 160 quilts.

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Thanks from Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp

 

 Find the full article here: QFK Delivers to Dragonfly.

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Akron Children’s Hospital Thanks QFK

 

 

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Thank you from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

 

 

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Thanks from Hadassah Medical Organization

 

 

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Thanks from the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital

 

 

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Thank You from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

 

 

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Thank You from Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

 

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The drawing on Susan's notecard (above) is by 10-year-old Palmetto patient, Lee Bledsoe.

 

Thank You from Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

“We appreciate all the time and effort…”

Sharing the notes we receive at headquarters lets all our QFK volunteers know how much they are appreciated.

Susan from Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, writes…

“Thanks so much to Quilts for Kids for the quilts that were recently delivered…They are amazing!  What beautiful, bright, and colorful works of art!  I know they will help to cheer up our patients and add some brightness to their rooms.  We appreciate all the time and effort that went into making each one of these quilts.  Your generosity will bring lots of smiles to the faces of our patients.”

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Amy Thanks an Angel

A heartfelt thank you from a young mother in Pennsylvania reminds us why we do what we do…turn tears into smiles for, not just a seriously ill child, but an entire family. 

When the following email came into QFK headquarters, we had to share it…

“Hi, my name is Amy, and my 2-week old son, Aiden, was born at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on Father’s Day. He was born with a serious birth defect.  The hardest part of this whole thing was having to go home from the hospital without him and not even being able to hold him yet.

Today he had his first surgery and when he was finished, the nurse asked me his favorite color….I said “blue I guess.” She said she had a wonderful present waiting for him when he came out of surgery. I was shocked when she came out with the most beautiful quilt with monkey’s and moons on it. It was perfect!  It really brought a smile to my face.  I wanted to write to please have you thank Janet B. for making this beautiful quilt for Aiden. He will cherish it forever and it will bring me wonderful memories of a day that I was so upset to have my first child go into surgery all alone without his mommy there.

Thank you so much for making my day.  You are an Angel!”

We did have the volunteer quilter’s name on file and were able to pass on Amy’s gratitude.  All of you make such a difference in so many lives, and we thank you.

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Another pirate quilt waits to be sent out to a hospitalized child whose family needs comfort.

 

Comfort for an Anxious Mother

Long hours of surgery at CHOP were made a little easier with the gift of a quilt.

A recent email received at headquarters reminds us why we do what we do.  We know that every one of our volunteer quilters is special, and it gives our hearts a lift to read a note like this: 

“Wednesday, June 23 our son underwent a longer than expected and extensive, albeit planned surgery. While we entered into the 11th hour of surgery, our minds grew weary and our hearts saddened. The nurse came out to the waiting room at 9:00p.m. with the last update before she headed home. Samuel was being closed up and they should be done in about an hour. She had two quilts in her hand and she said they were Quilts for Kids and we should select one we felt our son would like. Given the choice, my husband chose a brightly colored pirate themed quilt. I held onto that quilt tightly in my arms, running my fingers over the fabric, pressing it close to me and covering myself with it while the surgeon finished Samuel’s surgery 12 hours after it had begun. He is currently recovering at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and this wonderfully cheerful quilt is proudly draped across his bed reminding us of the warm heart someone had and the love that no doubt went into each stitch. So, please, please, if there is any way to track down the quilter, kindly let Grace K. know that the pirate quilt she made brought comfort not only to a child recuperating, but also to his anxious mother.
Thank you for these kind gestures. Hopefully, you will never have to be on the receiving end of such a quilt. Please know how much we deeply appreciate this act of kindness.
Regards,
Allyson and Larry H.”

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Thanks from Shodair Children’s Hospital in Montana

“We greatly appreciate your gift of the beautiful quilts.  The children love them!”

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Thanks from the Cheer Guild

“The Cheer Guild of Riley and Indiana University Hospitals would like to send our sincerest appreciation for your wonderful donation of 200 Beautiful Quilts.”

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Thanks from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

“With our deepest thanks…”

The staff at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Hartford, know that children look at a trip to the hospital much differently than adults. They must be treated in a special way by professionals who truly understand the emotional needs of children who find themselves in a confusing and frightening situation.  We do the best we can to help by offering comfort to those children and their families through handmade patchwork quilts from QFK volunteeers.   

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Thanks from St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ

“These quilts have adorable patterns and are the perfect size for our pediatric patients…The patients and famil(ies) here at Saint Barnabas send our heartfelt thanks.”

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A Personal Note from Vermont

The Child Life Department at Vermont Children’s Hospital appreciates QFK.

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Time to Pay it Forward

Olivia’s diagnosis of leukemia, although initially devastating, had a happy ending.

Enclosed with a bright, beautiful quilt returned to us at headquarters, was the following note from a loving grandmother, “Nanny Annie:”

“Six years ago my 3-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with leukemia.  We were all devastated.  Her wonderful doctor said, when he worries, then we worry.  ...He gave us hope, understanding and information.  Along the way Olivia was given a beautiful quilt, which she still uses.  (Today) Olivia is well and thriving, a beautiful girl at age 9.  Now it is time for me to pay it forward.  I hope this Happy Quilt gives its new owner the love, strength and the comfort that Olivia got with her quilt.  Thank you for the opportunity to make another child happy.”

Below:  “Nanny Annie’s” gift to another seriously ill child.

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Thanks from Lincoln Hospital

“Generous acts of compassion—such as yours—can have a great impact…”

Valerie Miles, Child Life Services, Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY, writes..."we would like to express sincere gratitude...for the donation of quilts." They were used to cover the NICU incubator beds and given to new mothers whose newborns had been admitted into the NICU.

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Thanks from Vermont Children’s Hospital

“Thank you for Quilts for Kids generous donation of 45 beautiful hand made quilts…”

.."With your support we will continue to bring the finest possible care to the many children in our community who need our help."

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Thanks from Chambersburg Hospital

“Thank you so much.  The quilts are beautiful.”

"Warm and snugged these kids are hugged..."

The staff at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was overjoyed to be able to give QFK quilts to the children under their care.  Taking care of their young patients’ physical needs is only part of nursing; Giving comfort makes a huge difference in their recovery.

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Laura’s Perfect Quilt

“The quilt is wonderful…”

When some of our volunteers ask just why the QFK quilts are sized the way they are, we explain that careful thought went into just what size quilt would work with hospital equipment and wheelchairs…for kids of all ages.

Here’s a wonderful email from Barbara L. about the quilt her daughter, Laura received…

“The quilt is wonderful and we are very happy to have it.  Laura is 8-½ years post injury.  She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a car accident when she was 17.  She still cannot speak or move, but she is quite communicative in her own way.  She is aware of everything that is going on and most of the time is in good spirits.  We are very thankful for that.  The quilt she first received when she was first injured has seen better days, but is still the only one she wants on her at night.  We know we have to find her another just like it soon, but the one you sent is perfect when she is in her chair.  It is the perfect weight and it is just so nice looking.  Again, thanks so much.”


Thank you, Barbara, for taking the time to let us know that QFK quilts are just right!

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Notes of Thanks

Every single thank-you note warms our hearts.

Sometimes the “thank-you” notes are typed on letterhead; sometimes they’re emailed with photos of smiling young patients.  Sometimes a nurse takes the time to sit down and jot a note to let us know how the kids appreciate their quilts.  And sometimes the kids, themselves, feel well enough to write a special note to us.  In every instance, we learn more about how these wonderful quilts make a difference in families’ lives.

The reason these letters and notes appear on this website is to let you know how widespread your goodwill can be.  The generosity of QFK donors and quilters is unmatched, and we at headquarters thank you all.

You are turning tears into smiles every day.     

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Thanks from East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville

“The children loved them…”

The kids in intensive care especially appreciated the generosity and thoughtfulness of all of our caring quilting volunteers.

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Thanks from Cooper University Hospital

“We wanted to send a special thank you…”

 

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Thanks from Arkansas Children’s Hospital

...“thank you for your kind and thoughtful donation.”

Director of Volunteer Services, Robin Armstrong, writes..."We appreciate the sharing of your time and talent in the handmade gifts...Your commitment and dedication...truly makes a difference in our patients' lives."

One of the top ten pediatric hospitals in the country, Arkansas Children’s Hospital is on a mission to provide excellent services to all the children in Arkansas, and Quilts for Kids is proud to help.

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Thanks from Loyola Burn Center

“We are so grateful to you and your support of the Loyola Burn Center.”

Burn Center Manager, Jeanie Leggett, writes..."To see a child hold onto their blanket while they are having dressings changed or a procedure done proves to me that they are more than just blankets; they provide security and help the children feel safe..."

Each year Loyola Burn Center (IL) admits approximately 600 patients, and nearly half of those are children.  Their road to recovery is long and painful, so having something so hold on to for comfort during this time is invaluable.

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Thanks from Chambersburg Hospital

“Please be assured that we will place those lovely quilts in the arms of our neediest little patients.”

"Please extend our deepest appreciation to all the members of Quilts for Kids, Inc. for choosing to provide comfort and love to our young patients with this wonderful gift."


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Thanks from the University of South Alabama Hospitals

“...we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the quilts delivered to us…”

It is tremendously gratifying to us here at headquarters to receive letters of thanks from the hospitals all over the country who receive our quilts.  Knowing that the children are touched by the efforts of our volunteers spurs us on to keep expanding our organization so that the Quilts for Kids staff, chapters and volunteers can put more and more cuddly quilts into the hands of the children who need them. 

Ann Cunnningham, Director of Development at University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital, writes..."Please extend our thanks to the many volunteers who offered their time, skills, funds and supplies to make these quilts. The hearts of our children and their families were certainly touched with your gift of kindness and warmth."

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Thanks from Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation

...“Thank you for your kindness and for remembering Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.”

Tori Spradlin, Director of Development at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children writes..."Your gift will bring joy to our youngest and most vulnerable patients and put smiles on their faces ..."

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Thanks from RWJ University Hospital

From Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson, “Thank you again for your kindness.”

Child Life Specialist, John Sladewski, writes, "It is clear that each of your quilters puts a great deal of time and love into each quilt...Your donation has already helped bring joy to a number of patients and families..."

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Comfort for a Grieving Family

“...it was something to make us smile.”

Little Chase’s life ended far too soon, but Quilts for Kids helped comfort his family.  His mom, Kelly, writes:

“I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you guys did on the quilts my son used during his short 3 weeks of life at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. My son was 6 days old when he underwent 8 hours of open heart surgery. Two weeks after the surgery they were able to close his chest, and I joked that he had a pirate scar. I would tell him not to worry chicks dig scars. The nurses thought it would be cute to use a quilt made by your organization with treasure maps and chests all over it. It was a wonderful quilt. Two days after closing Chase’s chest he passed away.

I really wanted to express my gratitude to your organization because for the 3 weeks of stress, and frustration that my family and I underwent it was something to make us smile.

God Bless.”

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Teresa's football fabric makes the perfect quilt for a young sports enthusiast.

 

In Memory of Rolando E. Garcia

Teresa C. of Houston, Texas, quilts for seriously ill kids in honor of her brother who passed away in 1996 after a life-long battle with cancer.

Teresa sent us a note when she returned her two wonderful quilts, one from a kit and the other from her stash, to explain how the Downy Touch of Comfort Program touched her heart.

She writes…“Although my brother had cancer for many years, he enjoyed life to the fullest.  I have to say he is my Hero.  At that time, I had not yet learned to quilt, (n)or was there anyone like you making quilts for kids.  I am positive that if my brother would have received a quilt from someone like you, he would have treasured it.  I too wish I could have made him a quilt if I had only known how to quilt then.  But now I do, and now I have the opportunity to do so.  So in my brother’s memory, “Rolando E. Garcia” I proudly made these quilts for you.  THANK YOU.”

Thank you, Teresa, for honoring your brother’s memory and for comforting two more children who need your kind thoughts and good wishes.

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Above: Kyleigh and her quilt. Below: The wonderful collection of quilts from the "Tea Bags" that will soon go out to kids in need of comfort.

 

Kyleigh’s Happy Ending

During her hospital stay at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, 10th grader Kyleigh’s most prized possession of all was the maroon and tan quilt given to her while she was in intensive care.

Sharon, Kyleigh’s mom, wrote to tell us about her ordeal and to let us know that quilting is a tradition in her family,  Indeed, Kyleigh herself has made many quilts and given them to others, so when an undiscovered cardiac birth defect sent her from the soccer field to All Children’s Hospital, she was delighted to receive a quilt that she could hold onto when times got tough.  And get tough they did.

The diagnosis of ventricular tachycardia took away the uncertainty and the fear of not knowing what was happening, and surgery was scheduled.  Happily, after a 7-1/2 hour procedure to repair her heart, Kyleigh was back on the soccer field, wearing a heart monitor at first, and playing with her team. 

In keeping with the generous nature of quilters, Sharon and her craft group, the “Tea Bags,” made ten beautiful quilts from their stash in honor of Kyleigh, so that ten more seriously ill children will be able to hold onto a special quilt.  Our thanks go out to Sharon, Judy, Tina, Sharlene, Maria and Louise…and of course, Kyleigh. 

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Thanks from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio

“...Your thoughtfulness will make such a significant difference…”

A note from Cathy Kellerman, Director of Donor Relations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, reinforces our committment at Quilts for Kids to try to wrap every hospitalized child in a colorful, hand-made quilt. 

She lets us know that, along with hospitals all over the country, they serve ...“thousands of patients each year and ...appreciate the concern and commitment…” from QFK.

She concludes by saying, “Your thoughtfullness will make such a significant difference in the lives of children and families coping with serious health care issues.  Thank you for the effort you have directed toward making their stay here more comfortable.”

Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers, who quilt every project with love, without knowing who will receive that special gift.

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Flower Power Bandana Quilt Finds the Perfect Home

Volunteer Micki was preparing to send a quilt to QFK headquarters when fate chose another recipient.

Excited about making quilts for children in need, Micki had just finished her quilt and was about to mail it when her mom called…


“...(She) said she and a friend were going to visit a girl who was injured in a car accident and as result became quadriplegic. She said it was short notice and didn’t have anything to bring her. I told my mother I would give her the quilt I had just finished. We brought it to Amanda, and it was the very colors of her bedroom, and very much appreciated. I feel that my time was spent in such a worthwhile way, and I would like to continue to make quilts for children…Amanda was operated on at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

God bless all of you at “Quilts for Kids” for thinking of such a beautiful way to reach out to these children.

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A Thank-you from Twin Preemies

“...we really appreciate your kindness…”

Even though we know that every one of the quilts donated to children by Quilts for Kids is appreciated, it’s always heart-warming to receive notes like the one we got from Stacey T. in Pennsylvania. 

She writes…

“Thank you for the beautiful quilts.  We chose a ducky one for our little boy and a blue and pink one for our little girl…Both of them are healthy and beautiful.  Thanks again for the quilts; we really appreciate your kindness towards our preemies, Elin and Ean.”

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Thanks from Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland

“It means so much to our patients and families…”

Mary Kelly, Manager of Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California, writes…

“Dear Special Quilters,

“We were delighted to accept your donation of beautiful quilts for ‘our’ kids.  Each quilt was obviously made with love and care, and those qualities were passed on to the families each time a quilt was given to a child.

“We are pleased and honored to be the recipient of your project.  It means so much to our patients and families to know that people in the community are thinking of them.  We so appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Please know that your quilts are comforting many children as they cope with serious illness and hospitalization.”

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Mother-Daughter Quilting for Kids

When her daughter received a quilt kit from Quilts for Kids, Penny was so enthused she put together her own creation.

Penny explains…

“My daughter Samantha requested a quilt kit a week ago.  It arrived here at the house and I called Samantha at college and she explained to me what was inside the package.  Today she came home and with my help she sewed her kit together.  When I saw the pattern and fabric you had sent, I pulled fabric from my stash and sat along side her to make my own quilt for the kids.  

God bless you and the work you’re doing.”

Penny S.
Pennsylvania

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Quilts for Kids Davis Chapter Keeps on Giving!

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing relationship between the Davis Chapter of Quilts for Kids and the UC Davis Child Life Department.”

Cindy Nelson of our Davis chapter shared this note from Diana Sundberg, Child Life Manager at California’s UC Davis Children’s Hospital:

“Dear Cindy, Diana and the Davis Chapter,

I apologize this “thank you” is coming to you so late, however it most certainly is no less heartfelt.  On Behalf of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Child Life Department and the children and families we serve, I would like to warmly thank you for the wonderful donation of pajama bottoms and quilts for our patients during the holiday season.  We always appreciate donations such as yours beyond words.

As you know, being in the hospital can be very difficult for children and their families, especially during the holidays.  Our department attempts to reduce the stress associated with the hospital experience.  This would not be possible without wonderful donations from kind people like you.  The pajama bottom donation has started, what we hope to be, an annual tradition where Santa delivers a new pair of jammies and new quilt to each child in the hospital on Christmas Eve.  Fun donations and events like this help to take their mind off their hospital stay, allows them the opportunity to be a child, and gives them the opportunity to go home with some positive memories.

I also want to take the opportunity to thank you for your most recent donation of quilts this past week.  It is such a gift to offer the warmth and comfort of a quilt to a child in the hospital year round.  We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing relationship between the Davis Chapter of Quilts for Kids and the UC Davis Child Life Department.

Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness and your support of the children’s hospital.  Your hard work and efforts are truly appreciated.  We couldn’t do it without you!”

Most sincerely,

Diana Sundberg, CTRS, CCLS
Child Life Manager
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Sacramento, CA

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At Quilts for Kids we are so pleased when we find themed fabric that we know kids will love.

 

A Happy Karate Kid

...“I would like to express my absolute gratitude…”

His mom writes…

“My son Nicholas just received a quilt today. He was sooo happy to get the quilt that he kept it on his lap the whole ride home. I would like to express my absolute gratitude to Randi who made this karate themed quilt. My son will treasure this and it will keep him warm. Your generosity has brightened up our day. Thank you again.”

Kris

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“My family would like to…thank you…”

Two-year-old Tatianna received her purple QFK quilt as she spent Christmas in the hospital.

Numerous trips to the hospital for surgeries are hard on anyone, especially a 2-year-old…and during the holidays, at that.  Little Tatianna’s ordeal was made a little better at Christmastime when she received her quilt.

Her parents write…“it was so nice to see the pretty purple quilt that was girly on her bed; it is still something we often take with us to doctor appointments…For now she is doing great and when we see her covering up with the quilt it makes us smile.”

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Kids Quilt, Too

Students at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, New York, learned to quilt in their free time and created a western quilt for a special little cowboy. 

Along with their academics, a group of students at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, NY, is learning how to give back.  Under the tutelage of Monica Colletti, one of their parents, they’ve learned to knit, crochet and to quilt.  To put their new-found talents to work, they chose Quilts for Kids as their quilting project.  During their personal time, the students dedicated themselves to quilting for children in hospitals, enthusiastically giving of themselves to bring warmth and comfort to children who are ill.

Along with the cowboy quilt received at QFK headquarters, school psychologist, Jeannine Bergen, enclosed a note.  “This blanket is a work of love….We hope to make more ‘Quilts for Kids’ as the year progresses!”

These young people have made a difference.  Soon this quilt will be wrapped around a child who has enthusiastically chosen it from all the others.

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A Family Thank-you

“You truly touched our hearts.”

Carrie T. writes…

“Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt.  You are so talented!  Our baby, Kevin, loves to lay on the quilt.  His eyes focus on the tractors.  You are so thoughful to make this quilt for our baby when he was in the NICU.  You truly touched our hearts.”

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A Thank You from Head Start

...“I have seen children clutch these quilts as though they were a safe haven…”

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In Memory of Zanna Catherine

A NICU quilt comes from someone who knows all too well about waiting through anxious days in the hospital.

Susie L.  writes:

“I made the NICU quilt with the leftover materials from the quilt I had made for my baby girl, Zanna.  I was touched and very thankful for the quilt Children’s Hospital had given us when we lost her.  I wanted to provide a small bit of comfort to someone else going through a hard time.

Thank you for all that you do!  I am happy that I could contribute a small bit.”

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Audrey’s Ballerina Quilt

A mom writes a thank-you to founder, Linda Arye…

“Dear Linda -

Our 4-year-old daughter Audrey had surgery (her 4th) on Friday.  Our whole family was extremely anxious about it because she has complicated airway issues, and we had to postpone the surgery several times due to illness.

Everything went well, thanks to the excellent care we receive from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  But to add to our relief, we were so touched by the gorgeous ballerina quilt that our awesome anesthesiologist presented to us in recovery.  

I work for a non-profit, and am an advocate for many others, and I must say that I never envisioned us as the beneficiaries of a non-profit because we blessedly don’t have the financial need that so many other families do.

But as I studied the quilt and all the details that so lovingly went into making it, I realized that we really *were* in need of support.  We had just gone through a terrible ordeal (on top of the daily stresses we live with), and knowing that there were caring people like you out there was a wonderful comfort.  We are so appreciative of your kindness.

And how did you know that Audrey loves ballet and takes classes twice a week?  I read about Quilts for Kids on your website (what a good idea to include the site address on the label), and I am very impressed with your initiative, creativity and organization.  Congratulations, and thank you.

With love, The Patterson Family”

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It’s never too late for a “thank you!”

Paige’s quilt continues to spread love.

Phyllis K. from Voorhees, New Jersey writes…

“This is a long overdue thank you to one of your volunteers- Jeanette Clark. Last February my special needs daughter, Paige, was in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a same day surgery. The nurses there gave her a lovely quilt in beautiful shades of purple, her favorite color, to snuggle with and comfort her while she recovered- this was made by Jeanette Clark according to the label. What an amazing gift from someone we don’t even know, my family was deeply touched and Paige felt very special to receive her quilt.
  Since then I have become a grandmother, and Paige an aunt, and we are using that quilt for our latest family member, Jacob. Please extend my most sincere thanks to Ms. Clark and let her know how deeply her generous gift touched our family.”

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“Guitar Man”

Josh’s quilt reminds him of all the good wishes for his recovery.

His dad writes…

“Josh received his quilt yesterday.

He stared at it for a long time last night, and said it was really neat. It is proudly displayed in his room at the rehab, and drawing quite a bit of attention
from hospital staff. Thank you all again for the quilt for him, and more importantly the prayers.”

~Dave~

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Above: Lauren's mom shares her daughter's delight with her new quilt. Below: Volunteer, Linda Hill, pieces together Lauren's quilt.

 

Lauren’s “Bugs and Butterflies” Quilt

Recuperating from a transplant, Lauren takes her quilt everywhere.

Lauren is almost four years old, and loves fireflies and ladybugs, so at a recent workshop in Houston, a volunteer took her enthusiasm to heart, putting together a bright quilt just for her.  When she received her quilt Lauren lit up like a firefly on a summer evening.

Riding around the hospital floor in her little girl car, Lauren keeps her quilt constantly at her side…it seems to go with her wherever she goes.

She loves waving to everyone and saying “BYE”  We get the idea that she wants to go home…so we are wishing her all good things, but mostly that she gets well very soon.

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Cade’s “Jammin” Skateboard Quilt

Hospitalized in Texas, Cade is courageously fighting leukemia.

Cade is an avid skateboarder, so when we gifted him a skateboard quilt (made with Timeless Treasure fabric), he could not have been happier.  The way the perfect quilt finds the perfect child used to surprise us…now we don’t believe in coincidences.  There seems to be a higher power at work.

Cade has been hospitalized in Texas for over 3 weeks, putting up a strong fight against leukemia.

Our best wishes go out to Cade and his wonderful family.  We are so glad we got the chance to make him smile!

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Elijah’s Quilt

Elijah’s stay at UC Davis Childrens Hospital was made a little easier with his quilt.

Elijah’s mom writes…
“My son, Elijah, received one of your quilts during his stay at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. I wanted to say thank you. It really helped. We even found one with tractors on it! The quilt helped make a scary, stressful situation much more bearable for both of us.

Thanks,

Heather S.”

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Marissa Loved her Quilt!

Her quilt was there to comfort Marissa and her family during her passing.

Volunteers carefully chose Marissa’s quilt to reflect her favorite colors.  From Akron, Ohio, Marissa has been battling a brain tumor since 2007, but still finds it in her heart to help others, specifically giving away her $5,000 shopping spree from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to benefit others in her community…a shelter for homeless and battered women and an animal shelter.  Knowing what it’s like to be hospitalized, she also made sure that other seriously ill children hospitalized for the holidays had teddy bears and gifts.

It is with deep sadness that we pass along Marissa’s aunt’s recent note…

“Dear friends of my niece Marissa Alexandra Norwood,  
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of my niece Marissa Alexandra Norwood on Saturday, Dec., 19, 2009. She fought bravely until the end, defying the odds as she battled brain cancer for more than 2 1/2 years. She died peacefully at home surrounded by a host of family and friends. While our hearts are troubled we can rejoice in knowing that her pain and suffering are over and our precious Marissa is in God’s hands.

“Thank you for your love, support and prayers. Each of you has been a blessing to my family and me.

Melanie Burney”

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A Thank You from Cooper University Hospital

Child Life Coordinator, Barbara Anne McCarty, thanks Quilts for Kids for the signed, hand-made quilts.

“They made many of our ill and injuried young patients cozy and happy.”

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Jordan’s Quilt

A note of thanks from a grateful aunt…

Jordan’s Aunt Dina writes… 
“Jordan has had such a rough time lately of keeping fevers down that the quilts have come in very handy when she’s chattering her teeth so hard you can’t believe they won’t shatter.  The fairies are just beautiful and I think they give her some peace sleeping under their protective wings.  I’m sorry to say she probably won’t send a Thank You card, she barely has enough energy to do her 10th grade homework right now, but I know she really appreciated the gift - you can see it in her smile in the picture.  So, on behalf of my niece and her family - Thank you and the ladies whose creative outlets bring so much joy and comfort to those who need it most.  I thank God daily for the friends He has brought me and those that care so much for my family.  That quilt is surely packed full of healing prayers, which are very much needed.”

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A Quilter Sends a Hug

“...thanks for sponsoring this wonderful project.”

From a quilter with love to a child who needs a hug, this vibrant “mouse” quilt will soon be on its way to comfort a young patient in an area hospital.

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A Note of Thanks from Sloan-Kettering

“We thank you for ...bringing joy to our youngest patients.”

A note from Jill Ackerman, Department of Pediatrics, Sloan-Kettering,

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A Quilt for Zoe

A dad sends a heartfelt thank-you to Quilts for Kids.

Hello Friends,
              My wife Donna and I just took our 2yr old, Zoe, to Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia for her 19th surgery. She is doing well and is in great spirits, as usual. You can’t keep a kid down! While on our visit we recieved one of your beautiful quilts while in recovery. Zoe snuggled right up to it and my wife and I loved that she could hold something that wasn’t so hospital-y, if you get my meaning. The nurse who gave her the quilt said we could write to you folks and thank the lady who made it. Her name is Pat Pretty. We’d like to pass along the thanks from Zoe as well. When she came home she fell asleep on the couch with it. The quality of this quilt is fantastic! You can tell a lot of care went into the making. 
  Anyhow, if you could pass along our thanks and a hug to Mrs. Pretty we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you again for you time and stupendous efforts. 

                                        God Bless!
                                        Love,
                                              Louis, Donna, Dillon, Chloe

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Delaware’s Nemours Children’s Clinic Thanks Quilts for Kids

30 hand-made crib-sized quilts enhance the warm kid-friendly environment at Nemours Children’s Clinic.

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A Double Blessing from Quilts for Kids

“...there was an angel looking out for us…Our baby boy is doing great…”

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A thank-you from UC Davis Children’s Hospital

“The smiles on the faces of the patients and families are immeasurable.”

“Dear Cindy, Diana and the Davis Chapter,
I can’t thank you enough for yet another amazing donation of quilts. Your support of UC Davis Children’s Hospital is truly appreciated.  We are very fortunate to have your collaboration.

The Downy Touch of Comfort event was wonderful.  It was well received by the patients and their families.  Everyone was thrilled to be able to look through and pick just the right quilt for themselves or their child.  Events such as these bring much joy.  The smiles on the faces of the patients and families are immeasurable.

“Success is the fruit of arduous work and a positive attitude”.  Thank you once more for a successful event!  May the happiness you shared with our pediatric patients and their families be returned to you.”

Most sincerely,

Diana Sundberg, CTRS, CCLS
Child Life Manager
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Sacramento, CA

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Ray- Ray watches to make sure his quilt comes out of the dryer okay

We received a letter from Ray-Ray’s mother thanking us and letting us know how much he loves his quilt.

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A Mom Thanks Us for the Gift of a Quilt

 

 

Thank you so much!!  I can’t put into words how much Gillian and I both were touched by your gift!  I show everyone who has visited us the quilt and they all think it is beautiful - and a wonderful thing to do.  I think Gillian would like to try and hand out quilts when she is better.  That would be fun.

Missy K.

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A Letter from a Grateful Parent

 

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! I can’t tell you enough how our family was deeply touched this past week by Quilts for Kids. Our daughter Joyelle was at CHOP for a splenectomy last week. This became very emotional for me because when I was her age I had the same procedure done. The story behind the picture is this:

My wife and I were in the pre-op waiting room with our daughter. I was having a difficult time trying to be strong for her because I remembered the feeling of the unknown when I was her age getting ready to go in to the operating room. As her Daddy, I wanted nothing more than to be by her side to keep her safe and to comfort her so that she would know it would be ok. Right before this picture was taken, the nurses came to get her. She was crying, I was crying because she was crying… it was very emotional. As this was going on, the nurse in the background said, “I’ll be back, I have a present for you!” She came back with this beautiful quilt “Happy Pinwheels” by Marilyn. They wrapped it around my daughter and told her that it was a magic quilt that has made her a princess. As you can see, she stopped crying, started smiling and began to laugh with the nurses. The whole atmosphere changed as they wheeled her away to the operating room. I believe the “magic” the nurse referred to is the Love that is put into the quilts by their maker. Quilts for Kids was able to comfort my child when I could not physically be there with her. It touched my heart to receive from an organization whose purpose is to do exactly what I witnessed.

My prayer for you is that you continue to be blessed, as you are a blessing to those who have received from Quilts for Kids. If it is at all possible to let Marilyn know our thanks, please pass it on so that she would know the comfort that she gave to our family.”


From an Appreciative Nurse… 

Mary Hiller, the RN in the back of the picture above, shared these observations on the scene and the “transformation” a Q4K quilt can bring:

“Sue Scully, my collegue at C.H.O.P., shared this pic/and story with me. I am the nurse in the backround, my name is Mary, the nurse in front is Jamie (a new nurse in the operating room). This child Joyelle was crying her eyes out when we went to pick her up in the holding area. Her Mom and Dad as he told you were equally upset. Thought of the quilts we so generously receive from you and gave her one. It transformed her. That and the magic and comfort it brings made the separation from her parents alot easier, she held it the entire time till she was put to sleep. Thanks to you and all who work so hard to make the quilts! Comfort comes in many ways…..........I thank you sincerely.”

 

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A Note of Appreciation

 

 Thanks so much for your very kind note.  Please know that we are most appreciative the time you, Dean and others at Quilts for Kids have dedicated to brightening the lives and days of children in hospitals across the country, and for your very kind visit to our Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital here at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.  Your thoughtful and caring mission aimed at brightening the days of our pediatric patients is most commendable and we appreciate the commitment of time, energy and quilts to helping our pediatric patients.  

Please let me know when you and Dean are next planning on bringing quilts to the New Brunswick area hospitals and I will make sure to arrange my schedule to meet with you and your colleagues from Quilts for Kids.

We are most grateful and appreciative of the caring mission you and Quilts for Kids have undertaken for the children and we will certainly let you know about a child who would benefit from a quilt from Quilts For Kids.

Best wishes always,
Craig J. Williams, Esq.
Director
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
RWJ University Hospital Foundation
8 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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A cherished quilt

A mom says thanks.

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Ally Receives the Perfect Quilt

A dog lover, this young patient loved her aptly themed quilt!

Now that she is home, Ally shares the comfort of her doggie quilt with her own four-legged friend, who has her own health issues with epilepsy. 

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The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Sends Thanks to our Davis, CA Chapter

“On behalf of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the Child Life Department, and the children and the families we serve, we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you for your fabulous donation!  The quilts, dolls, bags and fabric checker boards will offer joy to many of the patients here at the hospital.

Hospitalization can be a difficult and uncertain time for children and their families.  The Child Life staff at UC Davis Children’s Hospital strives to reduce the stress and anxiety of hospitalization by providing a comforting and caring environment.  Donations such as yours play a vital role in this process.

It was a pleasure having the opportunity to meet with you when you brought by the donation.  The children have been delighted with the items.  The smiles on their faces are immeasurable.  What an honored gesture to have you place this donation in memory of Dr. Halsted.

Thank you once again for your thoughtfulness and generosity.  The time and care you put into your donation efforts is unmistakable.  We so look forward to our growing relationship.  May the joy you have given be returned to you.”

Warmest regards,

Diana Sundberg, BS, CTRS,CCLS

Interim Child Life Manager, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, CA

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NICU Department at Children’s Hospital appreciates us

We recently received this e-mail from the NICU - Bereavement Coordinator, Thomasine Farrell.

Dear Ms. Arye,
I am the Bereavement Coordinator at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia in the NICU. I wanted to express our gratitude for your organization’s donations of small sewn blankets, booties, hats and stuffed animals. I am guessing that they were donated quite some time ago and I often do not receive them in our unit for a while. I want you to know that we use everything donated to us for the purpose of creating warm and gentle memories for parents as they hold their dying infants. Without donations such as yours, we are limited to having the infants dressed in hospital issue gowns and blankets. This is not ideal and we are so grateful to receive your beautiful donations.
Thank you so much.
Gratefully,
Thomasine Farrell RN
Bereavement Coordinator: Nicu
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

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A Young girl is comforted

While in the hospital, Kate’s stuffed animals were temporarily lost in the wash.  When she got back to recovery, her animals were returned ... along with something new ... one of our quilts.

To whom it may concern-

I wanted to thank you for the amazing gift of the quilt. I was in CHOP Tuesday August 5th until today and after my second surgery to remove my gall bladder I recieved a blanket. It is an amazing quilt and I appreciate the donation. They lost my stuffed animals temporarily in the wash when I got back to the recovery room and when they found them they also brought the quilt. Thank you so much to the people who make them.

A thank you to P. Johnson.  Kate received a quilt made by P. Johnson which was multi-colored with split rectangles.

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A Mother’s Thank you to CHOP and Quilts for Kids

Jessann, who comes to Chop every three months, received a quilt during one of her stays.

My daughter comes to CHOP every three months for surgery for an airway disease.  While there in March of 2008 two of the wonderful nurses, Midge and Maryann gave my daughter a beautiful handmade quilt… It was all her favorite colors and it really made her feel special. God bless all the staff at CHOP and to all the wonderful people at Quilts for Kids for brightening up what is sometimes a very gloomy day for my daughter. 

Sincerely,
Cecylia and Jessann

PS. I have enclosed a picture of her at the hospital after her surgery when the nurse gave her the quilt..

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