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Monday, January 25, 2010

Project Impact - Quilts for Haitian Orphanages

Project Impact was a success! We gathered a group of gals (and some husbands) and kids, too, and over the course of 5 long, grueling days, we made exactly 100 quilts and 70 pin-free diapers that will be crated and taken down to a couple of orphanages in Haiti.

Lots of gals lended their sewing skills.
And we had some big boy helpers, too!
This is a sample of one of the -pin-free diapers.

I think people are just compelled to do something. Sending money is one thing, but making something tangible makes the process feel very personal and makes one feel very connected. We made the quilts and diapers in an assembly line fashion. We had several different stations. Some gals were on sewing machines. Others with no sewing skills were cutters. Some would cut batting and pin layers together. My good friend who spear-headed this project asked if her Baptist Church would open its doors and house our efforts. Our project was advertised on a local radio station. People were dropping in with fabric donations and others, strangers, just showed up with sewing machines in hand. There were several youths who made quilts and had their quilts on display for the congregation this past Sunday. There is a gentleman who belongs to an organization that helps adopt children out of a couple of Haitian Orphanages to American families. He received an SOS from Haiti that they were in dire need of blankets and pin-free, tie-style diapers for the babies and small children. (some of the babies have AIDS and they don't want those babies poked, thus the pin-free style) He will be taking a crate to Haiti in a couple weeks and hand-delivering the diapers. Thanks to everyone who is helping in whatever way they can to make a difference. If you can, make a donation to the Red Cross.


Diana Meade said...

What an amazing feat! This is awesome news and you and all your helpers deserve a big hug. I hope it ok if I post this link on my face book page.

100 Quilts in a week is Huge! Let me be the first to send you Hugs! I can imagine what comfort your creativity and efforts will bring to Haiti.

texasalynn said...

Way to go - so good to see America pull together. Loved the pictures of the work.

Ann said...

I found your blog through Diana (above)- I so admire what you and your neighbours have managed to do for Haiti - we all want to do something practical and you have! Your blog is inspiring and I must follow......

Antonella said...

You are inspirational. Thanks for showing the world the power of love. Hugs, antonella :-)