Community Service Opportunities
Quilters enjoy making quilts for others. This page has information about several worthwhile projects. If you know of other projects taking place in Maine or have photos of projects your chapter is working on, please e-mail the information to PTQG Webmaster.
"providing security through handmade blankets"
Project Linus has over 400 Chapters with more than 2,000,000 blankets delivered worldwide. Communities are banding together to provide security through blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children. Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Project Linus accepts all styles of blankets – quilted, tied, knitted, crocheted, fleece, etc. They must be new, handmade and washable. Elaborate or simple, they are all beautiful to a child. All sizes of blankets are accepted. They go to children infants through teens. Local chapters may have size requirements depending on the facilities to which they donate. Contact your local coordinator for more information.
How Can You Help?
- Contact your local chapter. The coordinator can tell you how you can help in your area.
- Make a blanket and donate it to your local chapter. They will take it to a local facility where it will be given to a deserving child, permanently.
- Get your community involved.
For more information, visit www.projectlinus.org or e-mail Merlene.
Give a Sick Child a Smile! ConKerr Cancer has donated more than 20,000 pillowcases to sick children across the United States and Canada. Our mission began at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. We continue to grow thanks to the kindness and dedication of our many volunteers.
Cindy Kerr started making pillowcases for her son Ryan when he was in chemotherapy. It always brought a smile when she pulled out a new one before each treatment! She started making them for other kids. Now they are so popular she can't keep up! Pillowcases made in Maine are distributed locally! Directions for pillowcases. You will need the Adobe Reader free software in order to open the instructions.
Local Drop-Off Locations:
- Cotton Weeds (Freeport, ME)
- Purl Diva Yarn Shop (Brunswick, ME)
- Marden's Stores (Sanford, ME)
- The Fabric Garden (Madison, ME)
- Pins and Needles (Farmington, ME)
Newborns in Need
serving the needs of newborn babies ...
Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Newborns in Need, Inc. is founded upon Christian principles and provides essential items without charge to those in need. We have been serving God's tiniest children since 1992. In 2007, we donated out 557,970 items! A great big thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and sponsors.
When a child is born to a needy family, and it comes time to leave the hospital, many times that tiny baby may be wearing just a disposable diaper. Sometimes-too many times-there's not even a receiving blanket waiting for them at home if they even have a home to go to. In winter, that means there is a good chance the baby will be back in the hospital with pneumonia, or worse, die from the cold. Who can help? In many cases, if we don't help, no one will. These children can't help themselves. This is an ongoing need. Your donations of time, sewing notions, and money to help alleviate the suffering of tiny helpless babies is greatly needed and appreciated.
How can you help? Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you. Donate sewing notions, fabric, and patterns to be used for the benefit of the sick and needy premature and newborn babies. Supplies are greatly appreciated. Make a baby quilt or two, collect sewing supplies and send them, or gather used toys and clothing and ship them. Use your knitting, tatting, and crocheting talents to make much needed baby clothing and bedding. Some patterns are available on our web site.
Ann Palmer, President
232 E. Ridge Road
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Children admitted to the Barbara Bush Pediatric Intensive Care Unit arrive with minimal items from home. A welcome bag that includes a quilt and toy is provided for each child. We are in need of quilts for these children, specifically for our teenagers. Approximate quilt sizes needed are: Infants 22" x 26", Toddlers 36" x 44", Teenagers 56" x 44".
Quilts for Kids
Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick is a drop off center.
Donated quilts may be dropped off or mailed to the shop at 1901 U.S. Route One, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, phone 207-361-2500.
Women's Heart Surgeries
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center
Heart Shaped Pillows to be donated to Maine Hospitals for Women's Heart Surgeries
Directions for heart pillows. You will need the Adobe Reader free software in order to open the instructions.
If you or your Chapter decide to make pillows to donate for this project, contact:
220 Kirkland Road
Old Town, ME 04468
If any group would like a speaker on heart disease, the process, etc., please contact Denise. Thank you so much for taking part in this project.
Quilts of Valor
We make quilts to send to service men, both active and retired, who have been "touched by war". If anyone in Maine would like information of this very worthwhile cause, they may contact:
Regional Coordinator: Marie McSwine at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Joline Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the national website at QOVF.org.
Area 3 News
By Kathleen Currier
“Running Strong for Native Youth Charity Quilt Project”
Laura Freeman of Pine Needles Quilters is requesting help in making quilts for the RSNY group. The mission of this organization is to help the American Indian people to meet their most urgent survival needs, such as clean water, food and shelter. At the same time, they provide community programs to create opportunities for building self-esteem and the abilities for self-sufficiency.
Their programs include:
*Food distribution and nutrition
*Cultural and language preservation
Laura's partner, Wolf Gumm, has first-hand knowledge of the needs of our American Indians and will be working with a local trucking company, who will be donating their services, to ship the quilts collected to the headquarters for distribution to children in need. It is expected that the quilts will be sent to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Now, imagine those children, living on the reservation, with little in the way of personal objects of their own, when they receive a warm, hand-made quilt filled with love and hope from someone who really cares. This will make a lasting impression for sure!
This will be an ongoing project, and if you can make a quilt or two-great! If you cannot make an entire quilt, band together with a friend to make one or work with your chapter to have a workshop day to put together quilts. Perhaps you have some UFO blocks you can use in the making of these quilts. Just remember: many hands make light work! They are looking for baby to twin-size quilts and they can be quilted or well-tied.
It takes so little to make a world of difference to a child--please do what you can to help. It is wished that the first shipment can be made in September so that the quilts can be distributed to the children before the harsh winter season begins.
For more information, you can contact Laura at 207-743-6822 or email her at email@example.com
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