Happy New Year and New Decade everyone! 2019 was a growing year for Comfort Quilts. I want to thank all who contributed to creating, piecing, quilting and managing fabric. Many hands and minds continue to make beautiful quilts and find new homes that need them. This past year our guild donated a total of 103 quilts AND 150 placemats to local agencies! Because of the hard work and generous hearts of our members our guild is creating a name that is recognizable to many.
48 quilts were delivered to Spaulding Youth Center this year. That is 30 more than last year!! 34 of those were personalized quilts – 25 for boys and 9 for girls. 14 generic quilts were presented so that emergency admission students immediately have a quilt to soothe them. Thank you to all the members who have volunteered to make these unique quilts over this year and a special shout out to those who finished quilts in time for the holidays. 15 bed-size quilts were presented to women who graduated from the CORE program (recovery education) at the Belknap County Corrections Facility. These quilts are treasured gifts for these women. We are filling a void in these lives and I thank you very much for your continued support. 25 quilts of varied sizes were presented to the Interlakes Christmas Fund for distribution to children and families in need.
The ICF committee continue to express their gratitude for the contributions that we make to their Holiday Basket project every year.
In 2019, Michele Slock worked diligently to establish relationships with two new venues for donations. 15 quilts were delivered in November to the Belknap County Nursing Home. Staff there are taking the time to match each quilt with a specific resident. More will be delivered in early January.
We also delivered 150 placemats to the local Meals on Wheels program. The Laconia Senior Center volunteers wrapped each one and delivered them as a special Christmas delivery. Thanks to all who enthusiastically made this possible! As a committee, we are gratified with gifts that our guild has given to our community and we are excited about the possibilities of 2020. There are 5 “5th Wednesdays” this year and we hope to use them to inspire members to create for others. Stay tuned to meeting announcements and newsletter articles throughout the year as we plan for these different events. As you can see, we are an active and busy group. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.
The Comfort Quilt Committee