07 Jul A Legacy of Love
Every now and then I hope to highlight nonprofit organizations that I think you may be interested in learning more about. My husband and I enjoy volunteering and feel that it’s a great way to give back to those who are in need. We hope to instill this trait in our kids at a young age so that they grow up with a servant’s heart. I’d love for you to join me in supporting the causes that are near and dear to my heart.
The first organization I’ve chosen to introduce you to is Quilts Made with Love. This project is close to my heart as it honors my sweet friend and coworker, Nicole Bermingham. Nicole developed a postpartum infection and passed away only days after giving birth to her first child, a son born in August 2013. She worked as a physician’s assistant and had a heart for helping others, especially children. A close friend of Nicole’s mom wanted to continue her legacy, and Quilts Made with Love was born.
There are a number of ways for you to get involved with this project. First and foremost, you can help by making a quilt. Quilts Made with Love will provide you with instructions and a premade kit that has all the materials that you will need. Now before you decide you couldn’t possibly make a quilt, I can assure you that even a person who hasn’t touched a sewing machine since 7th grade can do this! I was determined to make a quilt to honor my friend, so I made it during a visit home to Oregon where my Mom and Gran were available for a quick review and moral support. Besides the fabric (which is precut into squares), the batting, and the backing, each kit also contains two special tags to attach to the quilt – one that you sign your name on and one that has Nicole’s story. You just provide a mailing address with the number of kits you’d like and they will send everything to you. (If you prefer to use your own fabric, you can contact Quilts Made with Love and special tags will be mailed to you to attach to your quilt.) Trust me, if I can make a quilt, anyone can!
Quilts Made with Love teamed up with The Ronald McDonald House and Recovery Health Home Care in Minneapolis, MN. The quilts are given to children who are either hospitalized for a long-term medical condition or disability or to children who receive medical care at home for chronic illness or disease. In addition, Quilts Made with Love just recently announced a new partnership with the NICU at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. Their goal is to send 30 new quilts for the micro preemies in the level 3 NICU by August 26th, which is the third anniversary of Nicole’s death. This is a great time to get involved with this cause and I encourage you to consider making a quilt for a sick infant or child who could use a special and meaningful gift. I had a great time sewing with the help of my grandmother, and it meant a lot knowing that my quilt would provide comfort to a child. I’m hoping to make another quilt soon.
If you absolutely don’t know how to sew or simply don’t have access to a sewing machine there are a couple of ways you can still help with the cause:
- Donate fabric for the premade kits.
- Provide monetary support that can be used to pay for quilting materials and postage for sending the kits and finished quilts to deserving recipients.
Thank you so much for your consideration!