Monday, October 28, 2013

Local domestic violence shelter receives charity quilts

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts presented their most recent labor of love, a total of 105 hand made quilts, to Against Abuse, LLC at their business meeting on October 22, 2013. Against Abuse Board of Director, Torri Anderson was in attendance to accept the donation as well as provide an update on the building project.

Blanket Coordinator, Brenda Campbell said: “The 105 quilts were completed by our small group of 32 ladies during our August Charity Challenge where each member is encouraged to make two quilts for donation – but it appears that some ladies just couldn’t stop at making just two. This brings our total of available quilts just over 250.” Although Anderson could not provide an exact number of children that would be in the shelter each week, she indicated that there were 30 children in the Casa Grande center this month. “This means that we may need to recruit more members, or seek donations of fabric, batting, and supplies to keep up with the expected demand.”

In addition to committing to providing a “comfort quilt (i.e., a quilt made for an individual in need of warmth or comfort of some type) to each child who enters the Maricopa shelter, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts has also adopted a room at the Maricopa domestic shelter. This means that they will be responsible for painting the room, providing bedding, window coverings and other room furnishings. Quilts for each of the six twin size bunks (and matching replacement quilts) were completed by the group last year.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts is a charitable group that shares their quilting talents to benefit those in need in the Maricopa community. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Villages at Rancho El Dorado Club House for an informal business meeting and “show and tell”. They also meet two to three times each month for sew-ins at the Mission House or at the Villages Club House.

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