Members of The North Wind Quilters Guild lovingly make and donate quilts to be given to different charities in our local and world wide communities. Some of these organizations use our quilts as auction items to raise funds for their organizations and some use them for their clients. Our members have generously made over 1000 Community Service quilts in the last four years.
We have also been able to donate several auction quilts over the last few years. Auction quilts have been recently given to: Quilts of Honor, American Cancer Society Relay For Life, American Red Cross Solano / Bay Area Chapter, Sacramento Valley Veterans Cemetery Wreath Project, National Federation of the Blind, Soroptomist International of Central Solano County and the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center.
This year we have decided to give baby quilts, children's and adult quilts and pillowcases to clients of Fisher House, SafeQuest Solano and Child Haven. These organizations work with families in our local area with a variety of services. SafeQuest Solano has services for those affected by Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault including emergency shelter, support groups, art therapy for children, prevention education and resources. It has a 24 hour/7 day a week Crisis Hotline. Child Haven is committed to helping children and families who have experienced the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, family violence, and severe neglect.
Lap quilts will again be donated to Holiday Connections at McBride Senior Center for senior citizens who may not have otherwise received a Christmas gift. Holiday Connections reaches out to seniors who live alone or in residential care facilities and who have little contact with family or friends. Social workers, public health nurses, and facility staff identify the seniors for the program.
Lap quilts are lovingly made for the patients at Kaiser Vacaville Oncology Department. When a cancer patient comes in for their first chemotherapy treatment they are presented with a lap quilt made by one of our members. These quilts are meant to provide warmth, comfort, love and hope to the patient. We want them to know that even though we don't personally know them we care about them.
Patriotic Quilts, that our Guild calls "Quilts of Gratitude", is an ongoing program where we honor members of our active duty military and veterans by showing them how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with our “Quilted Hugs of Gratitude”. The hope is that these quilts provide comfort, love and healing to those who have given so much to our country.
We have also decided to make quilts and pillowcases to be given to the Fisher House at Travis Air Force Base. This is operated by a foundation to help military families in need where they can stay without charge for up to 30 days when one of its family members is hospitalized. It is located on the grounds of David Grant USAF Medical Center and is within a short walking distance of the hospital. It has all the comfort and atmosphere of a home including a large common room, dining room, fully stocked kitchen, laundry and office. It can accommodate up to seven families or 16 people at a time and provides a comfortable retreat for patient's families during difficult times.
Operation Kind Comfort is a project of the YMCA at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. They provide us with fabric printed with 7 photos of a child amd the parent that is being deployed. These pictures are then made into a special quilt for the child to help them remember their deployed parent. These quilts bring much comfort to the child and helps to maintain a strong bond with the person who is deployed. A lot of these children call the quilt their "Daddy" or "Mommy" quilt. Sometimes a baby may be born while the absent parent is away and this is the way they get to "know" their parent.
This year we will again participate with the “North Bay Veterans Stand Down” event which is an event for homeless veterans. It is held each year at the Dixon Fairgrounds in October. This 3-day event allows the veterans to have access to free medical, dental, vision, mental health and/or legal assistance. They will also be served food, given clean clothes and other needed supplies. We have made, and will be donating, over 350 patriotic pillowcases that will be given out to them again this year. Not only can they use them for their pillows but they can also use them at the event to carry their gifts and supplies in.
Community Service meets on the months were there is a 5th Tuesday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Adult Recreation Center. Please check the monthly Newsletter to see if you need to bring special supplies. All are encouraged and welcome to help work on our charity quilts.
North Wind Quilters Guild