Thursday, February 19, 2009
Giving Back a New and Beautiful Way
Tuesday this week I lectured and visited with delightful members of the South Bay Quilters Guild in Redondo Beach, California. I was so impressed with their ongoing philanthrophy projects, I had to showcase their beautiful work... so hurray to members of South Bay for their "Read Me A Book" program where contributers donate a themed quilt with a matching theme childrens book... both of which are donated to the states Court Appointed Special Advocates organization known as C.A.S.A. This is an extremely needed and helpful organization where screened, and trained public volunteers become advocates in the courts for young children and teens who would otherwise have no one 'watching out' for them. I have a family member who does this rewarding advocate work. It's beautiful to see how this volunteerism can protect and develope our nations children and future adults. Partnered quilt/book sets are given to Advocates to present to the children for which they advocate. This is often the only thing receiving children can call their OWN! It was delightful to listen to Advocates grateful feedback letters describing how their advocate children so beautifully responded to gifts. The photo example showcases a dragon themed quilt accompanied by a delightful childrens book about playful dragons. Hats off to this idea and those who make it all happen.