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Comfort Quilt Report

 

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters is a small group of about 45 quilters.  One of our missions is to make and donate quilts to deserving children and adults in our community.  The committee works together to coordinate both donated fabric and purchased fabric.  Once a year we display all of our coordinated fabric packs at a meeting and our members can select just the pack for them. Making a comfort quilt is sometimes completely done by one member, but we do have members who like to just piece, and some of our members who are long arm quilters will volunteer to machine quilt.  It does take a village!!   Sometimes the committee will set up Sew-In's, so that we can come together, share our work, learn new techniques and of course, socialize.  

 

Each May we hold the Comfort Quilt Show, where finished comfort quilts are put on display at the monthly MLQ meeting.  The year 2013 was a recorded breaker for us, as we made and donated 103 quilts to children and adults in our community.  

 

We gave quilts to foster children in Snohomish County who graduated from high school.  In Snohomish County, it is sad to say, only about 30% of foster children graduate from high school.  At an annual celebration each June, graduating seniors are provided with a hope chest which contains some essentials for starting life independently: basic linens, towels, kitchen supplies and a quilt.  We are told that often teenagers must move out of their foster homes upon graduation, as that is when the state-provided support ends.  The hope chest likely contains the only belongings the young adults have to start independent lives.

 

In 2011 we started donating quilts to Hand In Hand, Safe Place.  Safe Place is a sanctuary for children from infancy to 12 years of age who have been removed from their homes during a time of family crisis.  The facility is licensed to be open seven days a week and a child may stay there for three days while a social worker finds just the right foster home for them.  The children are given medical help if needed, showers, warm meals, new clothes, and lots of TLC.   For the last few years the committee has encouraged our membership to bring a donation of underwear, socks, and pajamas to the club's annual Christmas party to be given to the facility.  Every year we are quite overwhelmed with the large donations we are able to provide Safe Place to help them start their new year.

 

In December of 2014 we again donated quilts to Senior Services of Snohomish County's Meals on Wheels program.  We always deliver our quilts to Senior Services when we know we will have a chance to see and talk with many of the drivers who deliver the Meals on Wheels.  They have a great time looking at all the quilts and finding just the right one for one of their special clients.  This year we donated 33 quilts to Senior Services.

 

We also donate quilts to other specific outreach causes in Snohomish County as needed.

 

Donations

2006 and 2007 donations totaled 54 quilts. 17 were for graduation quilts and 37 were for young children.

 

2008 - Total given 25                                                           2009 - Total given 47

  13 - Graduations                                                                     10 - Graduations

  12 - Warm Beach                                                                     8 - Quilts for young children

                                                                                                 23 - Sr. Services - Given to recipients of Meals on Wheels

                                                                                                  6 - Assisted Living Home in Marysville

 

2010 - Total given 36                                                            2011 - Total given 40

  15 - Graduation Quilts                                                            10 - Graduation Quilts 

    3 - Quilts for young children                                                14 - Safe Place - Children in crisis.

  18 - Sr. Services - Recipients of Meals on Wheels            16 - Sr. Services - Recipients of Meals on Wheels

 

2012 Total given 66                                                              2013 Total given 103

   1 - Taylor Bridge Fire Victims, Ellensburg, WA                   2 - Deserving Families from an Elementary School in Mukilteo

  15 - Foster children graduates.                                               23 - Foster children high school graduates in Snohomish County.

  23 - Hand In Hand - Safe Place - Children in crisis.            45 - Hand In Hand -Safe Place - Given to children in crisis.

  27 - Sr. Services - Recipients of Meals on Wheels.             33 - Sr. Services - Given to recipients of Meals on Wheels

 
 2014 Total given 81                                                                     2015 : As of September
   20 - Foster children graduates                                                      11 - Foster children graduates
   31 - Hand In Hand - Safe Place - Children in crisis.                  16 - Hand In Hand - Safe Place - Children in Crisis
   30 - Sr. Services - Recipients of Meals on Wheels.                    27 - Sr. Services - Recipients of Meals on Wheels