Whether you prefer to donate your charity quilts locally or globally, you have to admire their Mission Statement:
To provide quilts to children in need, especially orphans living in under-served areas of the world where the warmth of a quilt is needed at night.
More than 140 million children in the world today have lost one or more parents. Sub-Saharan Africa is the home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children. More than one in three orphans will have lost a parent to AIDS. In Ethiopia alone, there are currently about 5 million orphans.
I was all in! It was reaffirmed when I read that besides their school uniforms, this will be the only personal possession of many orphans. Heartbreaking!
This is an organization that makes it as easy as possible on us quilters when it comes to donating. You can donate unwanted fabric. You can donate a quilt top (42"x48" to 42"x60"). You can donate your long arm quilting. You can donate $15 which pays to send 6-8 tops to a volunteer longarmer. They will also take frequent flier donations, publicity, researching grant opportunities, and sales of quilts for fundraising.
I know many quilters are called to serve and donate locally and I understand and admire that. I make two small baby quilts for the local hospital every month. A small church quilting group I belong to is making pillowcases (with members furnishing pillows) for local children who are removed from their homes and put in foster care. I know many of you make quilts, layettes, and pillowcases for local organizations. What I don't always understand is the position that it's "either - or". Why can't it be "both" with the generosity of quilters being spread locally and globally?
I am not looking for an answer because this is a personal matter. We quilt for so many reasons - creativity, gifts, inspiration, peace, energy, fulfillment, art, healing.....I suspect we rarely need to quilt to keep our families warm these days. But there are opportunities throughout the world help keep others warm.
I would encourage you to see if you have a quilt top (or quilt) you've fallen out of love with or fabric you are tired of or scraps or a pattern you want to try -- to look at QBB's website and see if you feel moved to help them out. Postage to ship it is the only expense.
Even if you don't donate to this wonderful organization -- I would suggest you look at their website for a reminder of why quilters are special and we should all be proud to use that title in describing our art.
Keep piecing! Jan