Places to Donate Quilts for Kids

I’ve been hearing from a couple of Girl Scouts lately who have found my Resources section useful for working on their Textile Arts badges.  That led me to thinking about what Girl Scouts, and the rest of us, can do about donating quilts to people who may need them.  If individuals or groups want to make a quilt to give to someone, there are many places to send them.  One of my favorites in the last several years is Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, which isassociated with Quilters Dream BattingThe program was started by a woman whose son was afflicted with ALS, and who later died from it.  The program has two purposes:  to provide quilts to ALS patients through chapters of the ALS Association, and to raise money, 100% of which goes to support research toward a cure.  Anyone who has had a family member or friend diagnosed with ALS knows how terrible the disease eventually becomes.  And as people become incapacitated with it, quilts for long periods of sitting or lying down are appreciated.  Quilts and other donations can be mailed to:

Kathleen Thompson, Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, c/o Quilters Dream Batting, 589 Central Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23454

Phone:  (888) 268-8664

Website:  http://www.hopesanddreams.quiltersdreambatting.com

Another site that accepts quilts and donations is www.quiltsforkids.org.  This site presents many ways to donate quilts for kids dealing with serious illness, trauma, abuse and national disasters.  They have chapters throughout the United States.  They also provide quilt kits if people want to make and donate a quilt this way.  But they also accept homemade quilts in fabrics of your choice.  They do limit the fabrics to those that will be safe with sick children, but cottons are acceptable.  And other acceptable fabrics are listed on the site.  There are a lot of ways to get involved.  In addition to the website, they can be reached at:

Quilts for Kids, Inc., 494 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA  19030

Projectlinus.org also has chapters across the country and also accepts quilts for kids.  But they don’t limit what they accept to quilts. On their website, they emphasize “Providing Security Through Blankets.”  Crocheted work and knitted pieces are also accepted and given to children in need.  The organization can also provide patterns for different types of blankets.  They also hold an annual Mystery Quilt Challenge, in which clues are given over a period of weeks to allow people to create a quilt to be donated.  Their national mailing address is:

Project Linus, PO Box 1548, Belton, MO  64012-1108

The last organization I’ll mention here is www.favequilts.com/Quilt-for-Charity/Where-to-Donate-Quilts.  On this site, they list places that accept quilts for veterans, hospitals, children and charity.  They break each category into several websites each, and describe what each strives to do.  I think they list about twenty places that will accept quilts, among other things.  They all sound worthy, and make me itch to take out my kids’ fabrics again.

You can find other places online that provide organizations accepting quilts and other blankets, but this may get you going.  If you know of organizations you can recommend that I haven’t listed here, please let me know and I’ll add them.