Philanthropy – giving comfort and love to others – is a major part of our guild’s mission. Last year we donated 59 quilts to children facing major medical issues at the Ronald McDonald House, 47 quilts to veterans at the VA Home in Chula Vista, and 6 quilts to fire victims. We also made 123 quilted placemats for Meals-On-Wheels, to give the shut-ins they serve, at Christmas.
We started another project to help our community and our environment 3 years ago. Quilting generates a lot of scrap fabric and thread over time, as any sewer knows. This waste material ends up first in the trash can, then in our city dump. We decided to do our part to help. Since 2018 we have collected over 500 pounds a year of scrap fabric; next year we will have collected over 1 ton! This scrap is bagged and donated to the Salvation Army, the proceeds of which is used to support their adult rehabilitation projects. So, we are helping those in need in our San Diego area, as well as recycling and keeping material out of our dumps. It’s a Win-Win! Every bit helps!
Each of our members is asked to donate at least one quilt per year to further our philanthropic efforts. Quilt kits are provided to members. A group of guild members get together yearly to cut and put these kits together, made out of donated fabric. It is a lot of fun, working with so many friendly members, getting to know each other better. Our guild is friendly members, helping each other and the community.
This will brighten someone's day!