Most of you are aware that the Steve O’Neil apartments are currently in the process of being built and furnished for 44 homeless families in Duluth. As the families will have very little or nothing as they move in, CHUM is taking steps to equip the apartments and provide these folks with at least the minimum needed for daily living.—beds, linens, chairs and tables, dishes, etc.
In addition to CHUM’s huge effort in providing for all of these families, however, I think we could participate by offering something of a very personal nature and beauty as a housewarming gift. I envision each family receiving a unique quilt upon moving in as a way of embracing and ‘binding’ them to our community.
This will be a multi congregational opportunity and I will be talking to friends at other churches, but Peace would be the clearing house and over-all organizing congregation. I will soon hold an organizational meeting with a representative from each location to then plan workdays at different sites.
Quilting experience is not required. The process will do just fine if you can do any of the following: cut, sort by color and size, pin, sew a straight line on a sewing machine, tie a knot, iron, blind hem, etc. Women, men, and kids of all skill levels can be involved. I guarantee it will be a lot of fun!
I will bring some examples of finished products to a service in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, if anyone is interested please call or email with suggestions or questions.
Jackie and I have already met with Mary Lu Larsen at CHUM and she is excited about the prospect. The Acting for Justice Hub has blessed the project and I will get this going yet this summer as the first families will be moving in this Fall.
Oh, and 44 families translates to at least 44 quilts! Yowza!
Blessings, Jo Johnson, 525-3779, firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides “human power” I am hoping we will be able to solicit donations for some of the following:
- Cotton remnants and yardages
- Full size flat cotton sheets…. Any plain color or lengths of muslin for backing (90 inches wide)
- Polyester batting
- Yarn or cotton crochet yarn for tying
- CASH! I will be buying batting and other supplies.
Checks can be made to Peace Church with “quilts” in the memo.
LOOK FOR A BIN BELOW THE COAT RACK NEAR THE OFFICE, AND A CASH DONATION JAR IN THE NARTHEX!