Group Makes A Difference For Kids, One Quilt At A Time
20 years ago the founder had a brainstorm that has turned into comfort for thousands of sad and scared children.
Every day, there are many children facing hardships, whether it be serious illness, trauma, abuse, natural disasters, or homelessness. One woman from Fairless Hills, PA, Linda Arye, is working hard to make these children's lives a little bit better.
Little girl receiving her quiltQuilts for Kids
20 years ago, Arye walked into a design center in Philadelphia and was appalled by what she found. They were throwing out over 5000 pounds of fabric samples, some of them worth over $100 a yard.
After she learned that this store wasn't the only place that threw away their samples, Linda decided she had to do something. Her solution was Quilts for Kids, a non-profit that turns unused fabric into quilts that are given to children in need.
Volunteers spending their Sunday making quilts
Since Quilts for Kids launched in August of 2000, the organization has distributed quilts to over 200,000 children.
One child stands out in particular for Linda. While she was visiting a local hospital, she heard a little girl screaming in one of the rooms. She decided to peek inside. When she saw that everything in the room was pink, she grabbed a pink quilt and went into the room to see if she could help.
As Linda remembers it, the little girl was rubbing her side and screaming in pain. Linda whispered to the girl that she had something "magical" for her. She laid the quilt on top of the girl, who turned to her and smiled, and then went to sleep. The girl's father started to cry and thanked her because he hadn't seen his daughter smile or sleep comfortably in the 3 months since she'd had an organ transplant.
A small portion of fabric used to make the quilts
Not only has Linda brought smiles and comfort to children, her organization has helped keep millions of pounds of fabric out of landfills. Quilts for Kids started out as a small mission and has grown internationally.