Community Service Patterns
Our guild is very active in helping those in need in our community. Here are a few examples of how we help others:
In 2013 the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County provided 174 quilts or blankets for veterans who are recieving treatment at North Texas VA Hospital in Dallas. They also provided over 200 ice bag covers to the clinic at the Life School of Red Oak, Texas. Proceeds from the miniature auction that was held at the annual quilt show in July were donated to the Hope Clinic of Waxahachie. Hope Clinic serves the Ellis County area providing medical and dental services to those who can not afford it.
CQGEC’s Community Service project for 2012 is to provide lap-sized quilts (36″ x 45″ minimum) for our Veterans taking treatments at the North Texas VA Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Our challenge is to make 200 of these quilts. The quilts will be primarily used in the Chemotherapy and Dialysis Units. The Veterans have greatly appreciated the wonderful quilts provided thus far.
2011 is off to a start with the list delivery of 282 crayon tote bags and 23 neck pillows delivered to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas on March11, 2011.
In 2010 we made 123 pillowcases for Cook’s Children Hospital. We took on a new project for Hope Clinic of Waxahachie and made 414 fleece hats to be given to children for winter. One scarf was also made and donated to Hope Clinic. Money from our Silent Auction was donated to Hope Clinic. We also collected can goods at our Christmas party for the North Ellis County Outreach Center in Red Oak.
In 2009 we made blankets for the Women’s Resource Center, Pillowcases for Cook Children Hospital, and Lap quilts for the Claystone Nursing Home in Ennis. 90 pillowcases were made for the Crohn’s Camp which one of our members served as a counselor. Money from our annual Silent Auction was donated to North Ellis County Outreach Center. At our Christmas party we collect can goods again for the North Ellis County Outreach Center.
In 2008 we continued making the tote bags for CPS and again donate money to Hope Clinic from our Silent Auction. We collected can goods at our Christmas party for North Ellis County Outreach Center.
In 2007 members of our guild made tote bags that were given to CPS for a child to use for their personal belonging when they were removed from a parent. A lot of time all the child had was a plastic bag to carry their belongings in. Money was raised through a Silent Auction at the Annual Quilt Show and was presented to Hope Clinic of Waxahachie. Hope Clinic provides medical care to those who can not afford it.
Our first community service workshop was held Saturday, April 29 where we worked on the rag dolls for orphans in Russia. A local church mission took these dolls to Russia in June. We also worked on the Longbranch Elementary “Heartprints” Quilt which consists of hand prints from students, teachers and school staff. We cut out over 600 hands that day. The quilt will be unveiled at this year’s quilt show on July 21-22, 2006.
Our primary community service project this year is making pillow cases for children and elderly in need in the Ellis County area. Kits are being produced from our guild’s donated “stash” for members to pick up at the next few meetings and bring back to the following meeting. We plan to have a “Pillow Case Parade” at each meeting during Show and Tell. Our Community Service Chair has challenged our members to make and donate 300 pillow cases this year. Our first delivery has been made to area children.
We plan to put small necessities (school supplies, socks, underwear, toiletries, etc.) in each of the pillow cases prior to giving them away. Click here for directions to make a pillow case with french seams.
Community service workshops were held on Saturday, April 9th at St. Paul Episcopal Church and Saturday, October 15th at Quilts ‘N More. We constructed small lap quilts for use at Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital. The guild provided batting and the novelty fabric samples were donated by a distributor for Hoffman and Timeless Treasures. Leftover fabric has been pre-cut into kits for members to construct at home and return at the future meetings.
Quilt Show-Miniature Quilt Auction: At our 2004 quilt show, members made and donated miniature quilts for a silent auction. Proceeds from the sale of the quilts were donated to the Ellis County Meals-on-Wheels program. As a follow up in the fall, approximately 25 lap quilts were constructed and donated to the Meals-on-Wheels program for distribution to its clients in need.
Donation to St. Paul: Members created another beautiful quilt for St. Paul to raffle. The “Flying Geese” quilt was raffled at the church’s Mardis Gras celebration in February 2005.
Christmas Gift Drive for Area Nursing Homes: Guild members brought gift items (toiletries, socks, pajamas, slippers) to our Christmas party and these items were distributed to area nursing home residents.
Donation to Ellis County SPCA: A guild member made a quilt top for the recently formed SPCA Animal Shelter to raffle. The guild donated backing fabric and quilting services.
Troop Quilts: In the fall of 2004, a fellow quilter from Mesquite, Lori Shelton, visited our guild and explained the “grass roots” effort she began to make mini autograph quilts for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. She made one of these for her brother and all his buddies asked for one as well. She had so many requests that she solicited help from area guilds, and our members made many quilts and delivered them to her at our meeting in October.
Trudy Coker, our Community Service Committee Chair and a teacher at Red Oak Jr. High, told her students about these quilts and the kids wanted to make them as well. On Veteran’s Day, Trudy’s students held an assembly and the kids donated their quilts to Lori for delivery to troops by Christmas. Thanks to the combined effort of area guilds and Red Oak students, Lori was able to deliver over 200 quilts to troops during the Christmas holidays.
Tote Bags for Children in Foster Care: It came to our attention that area children going into foster care had to leave their homes often without notice. Their few belongings were transported with them in small plastic grocery bags or cardboard boxes. Members quickly got together at a workshop and created over 125 drawstring tote bags in brightly-colored novelty prints.
Donation to St. Paul: Members also got together at a workshop to create a quilt for St. Paul Episcopal Church to raffle. The “Buzz Saw” quilt was raffled at the church’s Octoberfest celebration in October 2003.