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Earn donations for CCQ with FM rewards

Fred Meyer Community RewardsCoffee Creek Quilters is registered to participate in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. The retailer donates money to nonprofits based on customers who link their rewards card to their favorite nonprofits.

When you link your rewards card to CCQ, it doesn’t affect your personal rewards points. Both accounts earn points, so it’s a win-win for you and for CCQ.

Fred Meyer requires that customers renew their commitment to a favored nonprofit every so often. You can verify if you’ve already signed up by checking the bottom of your receipts. If you’ve linked to CCQ, there will be a message that says “Thank you for participating in 2016-17 Fred Meyer Community Rewards. You requested Fred Meyer donate to Coffee Creek Quilters.”

Here are the steps for registering:

If you already have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card:
1. Visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
2. Click on the “Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now” hot link.
3. Sign into your Fred Meyer member account.
4. Once you see the “Community Rewards Program” screen, type Coffee Creek Quilters or our organization number, 93429, in the box, then click on the “search” button.
5. When “Coffee Creek Quilters” shows up, click on the circle to link your card with our program, then click on the “Enroll” button.

If you need to get a Fred Meyer Rewards Card:
1. Visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
2. Click on the “Re-enroll or link your Rewards Card now” hot link.
3. Once you see the Sign-in screen, click on the “Create an account” hot link.
4. Complete the application process.
5. Activate your membership by clicking on the email sent by Fred Meyer.
6. Now, follow the steps for those who have a rewards card.

Donation opportunities

Sponsor a quilterRecently we’ve heard from a number of people who want to help the CCQ prison quilting program, but aren’t able to volunteer. We invite them (and you!) to consider sponsoring a quilter with a financial donation. There are two ways you can sponsor a quilter:

Sponsor a Student Quilter for a Year ($150). You can sponsor a quilter for an entire year. The sponsorship covers the cost of fabric, supplies, notions, tools (such as thread, quilt batting and replacement blades for rotary cutters) and sewing machine maintenance needed to continue our program.

Sponsor a Graduate Quilter Release Kit ($250). One of the most crucial times for our students is when they are released from Coffee Creek, and — in many cases — confront an uncertain future. Women who have successfully completed all three quilts and are being released are eligible to receive a quilting kit of tools and supplies, so they can continue to use their newly acquired quilting skills as they find their way in the outside world. Each kit includes a donated and serviced sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, basic notions, and the fabric and batting needed to complete a quilt.

It’s easy to make a donation. You can make an online donation with a credit card or PayPal. Or you can mail a check to us at Coffee Creek Quilters, P.O. Box 2672, Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Doll kit donation

Alice and her dilemmaDewdrop Dolls & Stories is a company that sells doll/story kits designed to bring adults and kids together around the Dewdrop Doll characters. They contacted us recently, offering to donate kits for students in our prison quilting program to make as gifts.

While we’re not able to use the kits in our classes, we’re happy to report that the company donated 35 kits to the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Head Start program. CCCF’s Head Start classes bring incarcerated women together with their children twice weekly, giving the moms an opportunity to bond with their preschool age kids and to prepare themselves for parenting after release from prison.

Each Dewdrop Dolls & Stories kit comes with a story book that teaches a good character trait, fabric printed with the front and back of a doll to go with the story, two squares of the doll’s face to incorporate into a doll quilt, and instructions on how to sew and stuff the doll and make the quilt. Please visit the Dewdrop Dolls & Stories website to learn more about their products.