Kids attending a special summer camp for grieving children will receive quilts made by CCQ members. We made the quilts for Camp Erin, where young people learn to cope with the loss of a loved one. Camp Erin is a national program funded by the Moyer Foundation. Camps are held in 18 cities throughout the country and open to children between the ages of 6 and 17. The camp is free for kids; funding comes from the Moyer Foundation and local groups. Oregon’s Camp Erin is administered by the Providence Foundation and takes place this year at Camp Kuratli in Boring, OR, August 16-18.
This week CCQ donated three instructor-made quilts to Rotary Club of Wilsonville to auction at their Heart of Gold Dinner & Auction on February 23rd. Heart of Gold is a fundraiser for Rotary activities including Through A Child’s Eyes, a program Rotary sponsors in partnership with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Each year, Rotary holds two TACE events at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility — a winter event where moms and kids do fun activities and enjoy a visit with Santa Claus, and a summer event where the moms and kids take part in crafts, games and an outdoor barbecue inside the facility. Women incarcerated at CCCF must earn the right to be included in the TACE program through good behavior. Coffee Creek Quilters also participates in the summer TACE program by offering a crafts table at the two-day event.
CCQ received a letter from Chaplain Wendy Fish at Good Samaritan Hospital thanking us for quilts made by our students and donated to their hospice program. Here’s an excerpt from her letter:
First, let me say a heartfelt thank you! It means so very much to families to have your quilts. The quilts are put on a patient’s bed when a patient is near the end of life. The patient is most often not communicative, although patients sometimes indicate through body language (nod/ eyes open/ finger raised) that they feel the love you provide through your generous gift. Families, on the other hand, and we most often place quilts when loved ones are present, families are often tearful, always grateful to feel held in kindness, generosity, and a wider love just when they feel so sad, full of heart-ache, and often experience a sense of needing to be reminded that they are not alone.
Chaplain Wendy went on to give stories about 11 quilts and the patients who received them. Here’s one:
Michelle F made a quilt with stars and planets. This patient had a thirst for worldly understanding and particularly the Hubble telescope. He was a well-loved man with a sense of humor who would have appreciated the gift. The quilt went to our patient’s mother. His two brothers and sister were also present. Thank you!