I had the pleasure today of being presented with 150 handmade quilts for the children in various orphanages. These quilts are each handmade, individual works of art. This group of quilters meets every Monday afternoon at the Brockville Public Libraray to plan and create them. This batch will bring the total delivered over the past few years to over 750! An unbelievable feat by any standards. They are led in this endeavour by Mary Bernard, seen in the picture below holding one of the quilts:
They have added a small pocket to each quilt this year which contains a small hand knit doll.
Here is a group of the quilters who were in attendance today for the presentation:
The quilts are of every colour and pattern imaginable:
These quilts are handed out to children in the orphanages that we work in. Since the children are in orphanages they have very few personal items, and this is a gift that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. Here is a picture of 4 girls from the Chausy Orphanage having just received their new quilts:
Each quilt has a small tag sewn on the back, written in Russian explaining that the quilt was made “especially for you”! A gift to last a lifetime!
My Mom is one of the quilters in this group and I can certainly attest to the fact that many, many hours of love and care are put into each and every one. I know how much it meant to me to receive one of her beautiful quilts so I can only imagine how much it would mean to these children. It is a true lesson in how it is better to give than to receive.
Wow! Having seen, first hand, the presentation of many of these beautiful quilts in Mogilev, Chausy, Klimovichi and other orphanages I’ve seen the impact that they have. They are so very warming to each child. These children live in cool to cold rooms in their respective orphanages. The quilts warm their bodies body, more importantly the children receive these beautiful gifts feeling very special about the love put into the creating of each one.
They feel special, cared about, honoured and valued – a special kind of warming.
A “touch” of beauty!
What a beautiful gift of love and warmth. These ladies have big big hearts!
it is simply unbelievable the works of love these precious ladies put into the making of the quilts. Having been to Gorsha’s arphanage, the children there have nothing of their own. they even removed the clothes that Gorsha was wearing. we put on the clothes that we had brought for him and we left. it is heartbreaking.