Today I'd like to talk a little about where to donate your finished quilts. I started compiling a list here, so go take a look. Also, I'm sure you have other places you like to donate, so if you see one that's not on my list please leave a comment or send me an email and I'd be glad to add it.
For 100 Quilts for Kids, we encourage donating your quilts to in your own communities if you can. Some places you might consider are hospitals, family shelters, children and family services, or a military family service organization. Last year, our guild did a group donation to the DC Child and Family Services agency for children entering the foster care system. These are the four I donated (top two were group quilts I assembled and quilted):
This year, our guild will be donating to a family homeless shelter in the area.
If you aren't sure how to connect with a local organization, there are national organizations that can help you donate in your own community. Quilts for Kids collects and donates quilts to children receiving treatment in hospitals. I've donated many quilts to Quilts for Kids in the past - here are a few from a couple years ago:
Project Night Night donates care packages (a blanket/quilt, a stuffed animal, and a book) to homeless children to provide comfort at what can be a traumatic time. They even send out little tote bags to put the items in before you donate them. I donated these and a couple other quilts as part of Project Night Night packages a couple years ago.
Also, "community" is not necessarily constrained to an area close to you geographically. My friend Val has set up an effort called Quilt Lemonade to donate quilts to a community in Guatemala with which she has ties. You can read more about her connection to the community in a beautiful post here. I wanted to help Val reach her goal of a quilt for every child living in a safe house and donated several earlier this year. Now Val is expanding her efforts to give quilts to the community in general, so consider helping her out as part of your own donation.
I'm enjoying checking your posts and learning a little more about the organizations you are all donating to. It's so heartwarming to see such love being spread.