What an amazing community we are fortunate to be a part of.!! Every so often I get out of my business hat to make quilts for charity and it is always rewarding.
Here are a couple of stories about my charity support:
This second link was just one of my mini quilts to support AAQI which raised money for Alzheimer's research. My mother's family lost 3 wonderful women to this illness and right now I know another very strong woman battling this terrible illness.
You may be wondering why I am talking about Alzheimers when we are here to talk about ALS?
According to the ALS website: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/aam-2014/learn-about-als/common-threads.html
"....all neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s share some important features...."
It is a very interesting read and shows that we have the same goal working toward a cure for all the diseases in this family.
For the ALS challenge, many of the quilts go directly to patients who suffer with ALS.
They also sell some of the quilts with 100% of the money they receive going directly to research and a cure for ALS!
My support came in the form of donated patterns for prizes! This means the winners can make more quilts to donate next year:)
Here is their statement & how you can help out if you choose:
“To Give a Handmade Quilt is to Give the Gift of Love.”
- To raise awareness of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
- To provide quilts & bring recognition, hope, and warmth to the lives of ALS patients.
- To raise funds for research for treatment and a cure.
Your donated quilts will be given to ALS patients or used to raise awareness and research money for ALS by being photographed, displayed, auctioned, or raffled.
In addition to contributing your quilt to a wonderful cause- all donated quilts are eligible to win exciting and wonderful prizes. Our list of generous sponsors, categories and great prizes is growing.! Hopes & Dreams is a non-juried quit challenge. All donated quilts will be entered into general prize drawings plus there are incredible prized recognizing the most generous quilter, quilt shop, professional quilter and guild. Special prize categories for theme quilts and ‘most popular’ quilt.
For the comfort of the patient, we request that quilted or tied quilts be a minimum of 35″ x 44″ Lap and Bed size quilts of all sizes are welcomed. We look forward to you joining us in this unique quilting event – the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS!
More information HERE:
Please consider giving:)