I am a quilter, and several of our volunteers are as well. (Sr Isaac is too.) We are fortunate to have two groups of quilters that supply us with beautifully made quilts. One group is from the Linus project, and the other is Handmade With Love. Each month, we receive their donations of dozens of small quilts and throws they have made. We set aside some of them to be included in Layette Packs put together by our volunteers. When one of our guests has a newborn, we offer them the thoughtfully gathered layette including many essentials. The remainders of the quilts are kept in my office. When we are interviewing a guest with children in the home, we allow them to pick out a quilt they would like; oftentimes, the children themselves get to do the choosing. It’s heartwarming to see their reaction as they find one that one special quilt that catches their eye as they wrap themselves up in it. Sometimes we have a few larger quilts we can offer to elders.
Quilters By The Sea Guild of Wilmington also supports Outreach. Their members bring canned food to their monthly meeting to be shared with three food pantries, including ours. Many of their members are regular donors of small quilts as well as clothing and hygiene items; a few of them are volunteers.
In addition, we receive many donations of crocheted and knitted items: dozens of scarves, hats and mittens, tiny baby items, shawls and afghans. Many donors send in their beautiful handiwork; the other day a woman delivered seven afghans her 92 year old mother made.
I recently had a heart-warming experience while I was interviewing a gentleman in his 60’s. He had recently been released from prison after 17 years. While we were chatting, he spotted a quilted throw he thought his mother might like. I gave him the throw, and I also picked out a little shawl for her. He said he hoped to go to Virginia soon to see her; he hadn’t seen her since he was incarcerated. As he hugged the throw and the shawl, his eyes welled up with tears (and mine did too).
We are ever so grateful to all our donors for all the different ways they support the Center. Blessings to all!
Special Need of the Week – Remember that Share Sunday is next weekend; your donation of non-perishable food items would be appreciated!