Thursday, July 19, 2012

Parade of Children's Quilts

 At our July Luncheon meeting we encourage members to bring in children's quilts they have made to donate. We have a "parade" of these quilts and vote for viewers' choice. These quilts are in addition to ones that have been made in our monthly Children's Quilt Workdays.

Destiny Golden is shown (right) holding an "I Spy" quilt. Below is the lineup of quilts to be walked around the room for a close-up view for voting.
(Our raffle quilt, Life On Our Planet is shown in the background below.)
Parade of Quilts 
And the winner is . . . Ellen Cox, shown below. Second place is the orange rabbit quilt shown in the lineup above, made by Doris Dunn.
It is such a pleasure to see the joy of the people receiving the quilts! At this meeting we gave about 100 quilts divided among the Hattiesburg Fire Department, Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, Shafer Center for Crisis Invervention, and South Mississippi Children's Services. We let them pick out their quilts and then helped them fold and bag them. You can see the long tables in the background covered with the quilts.
Also in the picture below are Joan Harper, volunteer representing Wesley Medical Center, and Geneva Morgan of the Hattiesburg Fire Department.
Leigh Ann Leonard (Forrest General Pediatrics), Sam Caldwell, Jeff Williamson, (HFD), Kim Newell (Shafer Center), Rodney Anders (HFD), Joanna Chandler, Natisha Polk (SMCC) 

Anders, Williamson, Caldwell, Geneva Morgan (partially hidden), with Mary Nell Magee
We have a delicious luncheon provided by our members at this July meeting each year, which  the representatives receiving the quilts were happy to be invited to.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pillows Bring Comfort

Members donated 60 pillows at the May meeting. These were divided between Forrest General Hospital and Wesley Medical Center. Once we deliver the pillows we don't often get to know where they went. But this letter from a happy family puts a smile on our faces!

"My 6 year old son had a procedure at Wesley hospital yesterday (doing great, recovering well). We were waiting for the anesthesiologist to come get him when the nurse popped in and surprised him with a pillow. He was overjoyed! He held onto it until the last minute and reclaimed it upon waking up. He has had it in his arms ever since.
Thank you for your thoughtful, generous donations. It's things like this that make stressful situations more relaxing for young children. It provides a sense of comfort.
Thankfully, The Hennes Family"