In 2017 Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild has opted to place all the charitable efforts they support under one umbrella known as “Community Outreach.” With this coordinated effort, TVQG hopes to refine and streamline its efforts to reach members of our community in need.

Community Outreach Update 9/2017

What a terrific meeting! I certainly enjoyed the speaker...and congratulations to all the challenge winners and especially Pam Gantz for that awesome “reptile.” I couldn’t hear all the explanation about the difference in alligators and crocodiles, but I know it has something to do with their teeth... but I agree... if you can see their teeth, you are way too close! 

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John Peter Smith Quilts

Through this group our Guild makes hundreds of baby quilts for several programs in the JPS Health Network. Those include:

  • Mom and Baby Drug-Free Program: When the new mother-to-be is using drugs, she has the opportunity to enter a rehab program. TVQG provides an exceptional crib quilt as a reward for each new mother who remains in the program during her pregnancy and tests drug-free at the time of delivery.
  • Neonatal ICU:   When the new mother-to-be is using drugs, she has the opportunity to enter a rehab program. TVQG provides an exceptional crib quilt as a reward for each new mother who remains in the program during her pregnancy and tests drug-free at the time of delivery.
  • Resolution Squares: These are provided for the Chaplain’s use in presenting the body of a deceased baby to the parents. This becomes part of a memory box that is presented to the grieving parents.

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Sweet Dreams

Over the years the Guild has given pillowcases to various efforts, but it never had a central focus. In 2017 these efforts will be captured under the outreach known as “Sweet Dreams.”

This group has opted to create and collect the pillowcases for distribution through the local charity efforts of Recovery Resources. The pillowcases will be primarily utilized for the kids of Camp Carter. Recovery Resources attempts to provide a child living in a shelter the opportunity to attend summer camp, and their goal is that each child who attends camp will receive a pillowcase to keep.

There is no “standard” pattern for the creation of the pillowcases, and you can find many great instructions on the internet. Sweet Dreams has created a set of instructions for the pillowcases that you can obtain at a Guild meeting, but these instructions are only suggested, and individuals are welcome to use their favorite method of creation. Sweet Dreams is requesting that pillowcases be approximately 20”x30.”

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Quilts R Us

In the hope of streamlining and facilitating the donation of quilts to charity, Quilts R Us will be the Guild's focal point for charity quilts (other than JPS). Through this group’s efforts they will gather quilts of all sizes for shelters, hospitals, disasters. They will take finished quilts; as well as, tops of all sizes, arrange for them to be quilted, and distribute them through charities such as Recovery Resources, Gatehouse, or wherever there is a need. This group is also endeavoring to partner with the Fort Worth Police Department and their program of Alliance for Children as well as other community needs.

Rare Bares

Although we try to direct most of Community Outreach’s efforts to local needs, ever so often there is one charity that just really seems like a “fit” for our Guild, even though the focus may have a national or even an international flair. That is the case with Rare Bears! RARESCIENCE.ORG

This is a group that creates and shares stuffed bears with children who have a multitude of rare diseases; and because these diseases may only affect a small group of children, unlike cancer or arthritis, they do not have an organization which addresses the issues and needs of these children.

So, in an effort to let these kiddos know that are being thought of and not forgotten, this group creates the bears to share. The bears are numbered, and when a child receives a bear a photo of the child with the bear is provided to the sender, in this case us, TVQG.

Should you have a charity that you would like included in this effort, please let Miriam Hink or Linda Sue Johnson know.

Also you can send a quick email:

charity@tvqg.org