Comforts for Children

Kudos


Our thanks to the people of Healthy Start who surprised us with this poster in October 2009
at a Thursday work session.


Also in October 2009 we received the card below from a grateful foster mom.


A woman who had been a foster child grew up to become a foster parent and adopted one of the foster children. The child, a boy, is an adult now, and still treasures his CFC quilt.


"Recently our family has been torn apart by sexual abuse. My sweet, six-year-old daughter who is affected with mental retardation was the victim. Going for the exam was scary and difficult. She absolutely loves the blanket you gave her. She carries it everywhere, spreads it on the floor, wraps herself in it, sleeps with it and shows it to everyone who will look. It has truly been a comfort for her. Thank you for taking time to make quilts for hurting kids. It's really sweet."


"I am a foster mom. Just recently we had a 2 week old baby girl placed with our family. A foster care representative brought us a beautiful pink quilt for her to have always as her baby blanket! I just want to express my thanks and appreciation to the women who make these quilts for these special children! I use it all the time. It's soft and warm to wrap her in. We are enjoying her stay with us so much. I do appreciate everyone's efforts and want you to know she is using the enjoying the quilt."


"Recently our family has been torn apart by sexual abuse. My sweet, six-year-old daughter who is affected with mental retardation was the victim. Going for the exam was scary and difficult. She absolutely loves the blanket you gave her. She carries it everywhere, spreads it on the floor, wraps herself in it, sleeps with it and shows it to everyone who will look. It has truly been a comfort for her. Thank you for taking time to make quilts for hurting kids. It's really sweet."


When 10 homeless families showed up at Wesley United Methodist Church for their first night of sleeping there as part of the Interfaith Emergency Shelter (St. Vincent DePaul) Program, each child got a small handmade quilt to keep. "Those kids just loved those quilts. They like to hold onto them and carry them around," Eve Powers said. "It's the kind of thing that warms your heart but breaks your heart at the same time. This is the best present my child has ever gotten," one of the mothers said. (from Don Bishoff's column, The Register-Guard, 11-18-1992)


"I'm in shelter care now, it is scary, and I want you to know I think what you are doing is wonderful. I would love to have a quilt, and I wouldn't care what kind it is, because it shows someone cares." (7th grade girl)


"Thank you so much for speaking to my class at Roosevelt Middle School on December 14, 1992. The kids were so excited about your program several planned to make quilts during vacation, and one even stayed after school on Friday to finish a sampler and plan her quilt." (Lee Wiley, teacher)


"We wish that each quilter could see the look on the children's faces when they are told that they can pick out a quilt of their own to keep forever. They cling to their quilts, not wanting to let go of them to play or eat." (Womenspace spokesperson)


"An infant, quite ill, came into foster care almost totally unresponsive to her surroundings until given a quilt. Bonding was almost immediate, with the child beginning to babble and point to the colorful blocks and images in an animated way. The baby is thriving now."


A big, strapping, 14 year old boy had to be asked to leave Looking Glass Station 7 because he would not stop his abusive language. A week later he called to say he was coming back to get his quilt. He stayed and behaved.


"At risk parents are so touched upon receiving a homemade quilt for their baby that they cry, and are more receptive to learning the parenting, job, and budget skills from their caseworkers."


"I was once in the Womenspace shelter as a victim of abuse. The help I received turned my life around, and I made a promise to return the favor. Now here I am 2000 miles away starting a project to help women and children in this community and find an article about your project and how it is blessing the lives of women to whom I am indebted."


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