Monday, June 20, 2011

Let's Talk About Wrapped In Hope

It has been awhile since I have talked about 'Wrapped in Hope'--our project that gives quilts to kids with a parent in prison.  There are two parts to it--the birthday list and the prison giveaways. The birthday list virtually runs itself and our volunteers send out quilts all year long--blessing children with a gift from their imprisoned parent.  As I look towards the 2012 birthday list I am wondering if any readers have suggestions of groups that you know that work with kids who have a parent in prison--maybe at your church or an organization in your community. If you do,  a website or the name of a contact person would be great help to me.
(to see more pictures of 'Wrapped in Hope' quilts take a look at our Flickr group)

Lynn made this baseball themed quilt for Karleton's birthday in May

Peggy made this quilt for Alexis' 16th birthday

Brittany made the Syracuse Basketball themed quilt

A dirt bike themed quilt that Katie made for Dresden's 3rd birthday
Cathy made this dog quilt for Destiny's birthday

Two weeks ago we had our first prison giveaway of 2011 in Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Sadly, due to several other obligations I was unable to go but my mom and dad went instead! They met 25 moms who were thrilled to choose a quilt for their child(ren) and give it to them the next day!  36 quilts were given out that weekend--each a special reminder of a mother's love.  There was a wonderful selection of boys and girls quilts--everyone oohed and ahhed over each one.
Guess what?  We have 4 more camps this year that we have been invited to share our quilts at--Sept 9th, Oct. 28th, Nov. 4th and Dec 3rd.
But guess what?  We only have 25 kid themed quilts left!  That isn't even enough for one camp.  But I know that you are reading this blog for a reason and I know that the God that directs and leads Margaret's Hope Chest will stir some of your hearts and hands to make a quilt for one of these camps.  Let's assume that we need about 35 quilts for each of those 4 camps--that is a total of 140 quilts minus the 25 that we already have which leaves us with 115 quilts to gather before October.  Can you send us a finished boy or girl themed quilt?  I can guarantee you that it will go to a child who has a parent in prison and it will be a treasured reminder of a mother's or father's love.
As always, a recommended size is 40X60 but we will happily take quilts that are a bit smaller and a bit larger.  If you have any questions you can always e-mail me. 

As soon as I move my family out of Toronto and back to Michigan for the summer I will be getting to work on finishing some of the kid-themed quilt tops that we received earlier this year--I have set a goal of finishing 20 tops before October--do you think I can do it???