Our guild has quite a few Community Outreach programs set for 2022.
One our members, Michelle Lewis was asked to make a quilt for the Monmouth County Historical Association. Their recent installation was entitled “Beneath the Floor Boards, Whispers of the Enslaved”. The display is set in Marlpit Hall in Middletown. The quilt colors are representative of the broken pieces of china and clothing found where else, but beneath the floorboards.
We have made a commitment to Tunnel To Towers to create a second quilt for a Smart Home Recipient. Our first quilt was given to Scott Nokes in his new Freehold home. Next on the list will be for a young man in Union Township who has had a very dysfunctional home re-built for him. Plans are for his gift to be given in May 2022.
Team Shamrock is the local fundraising chapter for TNT. Cathy Cunningham runs this chapter in memory of her brother who was a Canter Fitzgerald employee lost in the Twin Tower accident. We will be making her a second quilt for her yearly fundraiser to be held in the summer of 2022.
Brandy B has also reached out to our members to create several Wonky Quilt Squares that she will assemble and donate to a family in Jackson that lost their home to a fire in December 2021.
Onora Health of Ocean is the 2022 recipient of 4 dozen holiday placemats that were kitted by Deb Hunter from fabric donations and created by our members.
Mary’s Place by the Sea continues to receive quilts from us for their visitors to use during their restorative stays in a very calm setting.
The Village of Point Pleasant will be receiving 4 dozen filled tote bags for their young clients who are waiting for foster placement. These totes will be made by young Old Spool Sewing School students under the guidance of our members in March of 2022.
Finally, our guild worked with the Monmouth County Library on their day of creativity entitled Makers Day, way before the Pandemic struck us. Under the guidance of Deb Hunter, members worked with young children who used construction paper to make preliminary quilt squares that were to be made into a quilt by our guild members who participated in a variety of ways. The effort to display our wonderful result was stopped by the pandemic as were our efforts to find a Quilt of Valor recipient. Fortunately our patience has paid off and the quilt will be given to a very deserving person in April 2022—roughly three years after we started this project.