Holy cow! I decided to compile a list of great charities for quilters, and there are hundreds of them out there! If you want to give back, there are certainly many, many causes that support quilt giving.
A charity I have been associated with for a few years is Quilts of Valor. This charity provides quilts to our service men and women, who have been touched by war. Returning veterans, especially the wounded, receive a quilt. QOV matches “toppers” with “long-armers,” then reports where the quilt was given. I’ve been doing the long-arm work for several of these, and it is very gratifying!
Another great charity is Quilts for Kids. This charity provides quilts to children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. There are many inspirational stories on their site, and it is fun to think of blessing a child’s life.
Another cause close to my heart is the Alzheimer’s Foundation Quilt to Remember. Both my father and my father-in-law struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for many years. They have both passed on now, and I miss them terribly! This charity accepts donated panels to remember and pay tribute to individuals with Alzheimers and related illnesses. With these they have made a huge quilt, which continues to grow. Here are a few of the donated panels:
The next charity is Home of the Brave Quilt Project. This charity provides quilts to the families of the fallen heroes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a wonderful way to thank those families that have made the ultimate sacrifice! (It looks like these are all the same pattern.)
Here is a list of some of the other quilting charities:
The Aids Memorial Quilt Project (This is similar to the Alzheimer’s “big quilt” concept.)
This is just scratching the surface of what quilting organizations are doing great things for people in need! Check out these sites for more options: