Thursday, September 10, 2015
Angels Can Change Lives
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2)
The season of Fall is upon us. Suddenly we are thinking about cooler weather. (I am hoping for it to be cooler soon!) This also makes me very aware that it is time once again to kick the Quilt Angels project into gear for this year. Truthfully, I am late. Mea culpa.
What is the Quilt Angels project?
Quilt Angels is a project that started in 2011. The original plan was to do this one time. A Higher Power had better plans and this has become a yearly project. Basically the project gathers quilts generously given for youth that are in a shelter situation. The shelter that we support is named Ogden House and is in Guntersville, Alabama. The young people in this shelter are not "juvenile delinquents" or "bad" kids. These are youth 12 to 17 who at risk or for some reason can not be safe in their home situation. This may be due to abuse, bad environment or some other reason. They come from all areas of the socio-economic spectrum. They all have one need that you can help fill. They need to know that they are loved. It is truly amazing to see and hear them when they receive these quilts. The quilt each one receives tells them that someone loved them enough to put time and work into showing that love. I have heard amazement when one looks at a label on the quilt that says it came from Texas or California or Virginia or wherever. For some this is the first time unconditional love for them has been made tangible.
We do ask that the quilt be at least 45" by 60" so that they can be used by the largest youngster that is there. We also ask that, if possible, you make it gender neutral. Bed sized quilts are excellent and are much appreciated as they will be loved and used for years. They will be a tangible reminder that "Someone loves you!"
It is preferred that you put a label on the quilt. Whether or not you put your name is your choice. But, a label with your state and a short statement such as "made with love just for you" or "From someone who loves you" etc will add so much value to these quilts in the eyes of the recipients. Machine binding is perfectly acceptable. Completed with love is far more important than perfection.
If you would like to help, you can comment on this post or email me by clicking here. Please put "Quilt Angels" in the subject line.
Thanks to Linda for asking - the deadline for delivery this year is December 17, 2015. We would like for the quilts to be to us by that date. Quilts arriving later will be delivered to the shelter also, but will not be part of the main delivery. When you comment or email me that you have a quilt for the project, I will reply with the shipping address for the quilts.
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