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Quilts for Kids: A little material can go a long way

November 11, 2010

Quilts for KidsIf you’ve ever had to stay in the hospital for any length of time, you know how sterile and uncomfortable and sometimes downright depressing it can be. Now imagine you are a young child with a serious illness and this environment has become part of your routine. Downy has teamed up with an organization called Quilts For Kids to help bring a little brightness into the hospital rooms of children around the country. Downy’s Touch of Comfort is a push to create and collect over 10,000 newly made quilts for children currently in treatment. On their website, you can hear stories from some of the kids and learn how you can participate. If you are like me and don’t know a thing about quilting, you can always donate money or seek out opportunities to volunteer with a local chapter. However, if you do know how to quilt, you can go ahead and start up the quilt kit request process.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go to the quilt kit request page at Quilts For Kids
  • Fill out the form and submit your information. A kit will be sent for you to quilt.
  • Along with quilting the kit that was sent, the organization asks that you use your own material as well and make an additional quilt.
  • Once your quilts are completed, you ship the newly made quilts back to Quilts For Kids to be distributed to children who need them.

My mother and some of her friends are going to participate in this program. Once their quilts are completed, I will report back and show pictures of the finished quilts. While it does take talent and time to make a quilt, at the end of the day, they are very simple items that can make such a huge impact. It’s amazing how a little touch of home or a little splash of color can go a long way to helping a child cope when they need it most.

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