Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day whatever you did and welcome back to our AMB Mystery BOM! Unfamiliar with the Quilts For Kids or Quilts of Valor organizations? Well these are a couple of our very favorite charities for quilters. They do such wonderful work connecting avid quilters and sewists with children and veterans in need of a little extra love.
Quilts for Kids provides patchwork quilts to comfort kids of all ages, including teens in need. Whether the need stems from serious illness, poverty or abuse, these quilts offer comfort to kids who need it the most. Founder Linda Arye says that as she got the organization started, friends told her “no one would make quilts for some stranger’s child,” but Linda put her belief in the compassion and generosity of quilters. Today, Quilts for Kids wraps the warmth of a new, handmade quilt around 30,000 children each year. Find out more here.
Quilts of Valor Foundation aims not to just comfort veterans with a quilt, but honor them. A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor” in serving our nation in the armed forces, usually in combat or other extraordinary circumstances. Most quilts are accompanied by a note explaining the quilter’s journey in creating it, and all are labeled as QOV quilts. The foundation records each quilt presented for a total of 136,638 (and counting!) Find out more here.
Whatever you decide to do with your American Made Brand Mystery quilt – gift it, donate it, or even keep it to admire yourself – we would love to know! Of course, you have lots of time to decide what to do with your quilt as you come along on this mysterious adventure across Our Land.