“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
– Desmond Tutu
Some children have scary times and emergencies in their lives, and it must seem very dark to them during those times. You can help ease some of that fear by being part of our Comfort Quilts ongoing project.
Lisa Francisco is the enthusiastic and hard-working coordinator for an informal community charity quilting group that works at the Library on the second Saturday of each month. The finished Comfort Quilts are distributed to children in distress, here in Lafayette as well as to places such as Safehouse domestic violence shelter for women and children, and Boulder child advocates. Fifteen quilts were even donated to the Houston Hurricane Relief agency, and 70 quilts were created just in 2017!
Comfort Quilts are created with squares that contain images or encouraging words for kids in need. There is always need for many different kinds of work, from cutting to drawing or writing, stitching fabric, or hand tying quilts. The group has folks from ages 8 – 81 who drop by and work for as long as they want to – from 10 minutes to 4 hours. There are no tests, no minimum skill levels; all are welcomed and valued for what they bring to the effort.
Drop by and lend a hand – or take a kit and work on it at home. Donations of fabric markers are appreciated, though no fabric please, there is no more storage room!