I believe there are very few people who don't try to volunteer to do something to help others. I did say, 'try' because there are a lot who think about doing something and then find the age old "I don't have time" response. They are not bad people because they don't volunteer, they are just very busy people.
Like a lot of quilt shops, we are involved in the 1 Million Pillowcase program from American Patchwork and Quilting. We donated a batch this week to The Alliance Against Family Violence which is our local abuse shelter. They have told us they love these and use them as a "ditty bag" for people who come to them. Each is filled with personal products such as soap, shampoo and underwear; anything that is of immediate need to someone who has left their home due to abuse. We are thrilled to help with that.
We have several customers who have embraced this project and have donated quite a few pillowcases. We welcome any and all who want to help with this program.
The most interesting volunteer, however, is not making pillowcases. Olivia is the 12 year old granddaughter of one of our volunteers. She created her own quilted item to make for others. They are called "Liv's Love Buddies" . They have been donated to the children at the shelter. So far she has donated 58 of these adorable little dolls.
Olivia has also made a few to try to sell in the shop to make enough to cover her fabric purchases. If you would like one, please let me know, they are only $4.99 each.
This is the type person we need to encourage to continue her humanitarian pursuits. We think Olivia is just a great young lady and deserves the very best there is in life.