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Quilts For Kids

Produced by Karen Smyles

October 2011

Quilts for Kids, located in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania is an international, non-profit organization that provides beautiful handcrafted quilts to children experiencing life-threatening illnesses, and to children of abuse. Volunteer quilters from across the country donate their time and artistry and have helped the organization provide thousands of quilts since the organization began. It all started when founder, Linda Arye, an interior designer, walked into a Philadelphia fabric showroom one day, and saw piles of beautiful fabric samples that were headed for the trash. Stunned at the waste, she had an idea that they could be used to make quilts and donated to those in need. This marked the beginning of Quilts for Kids.

The organization now has offices and quilters throughout the country. Quilts have been donated to victims of 911, children's hospitals, shelters, and through a partnership with Lutheran World Relief, sent overseas to children in developing countries. Not to mention all of the fabric that has been saved from our landfills. The quilters all donate their time and some even use their own fabric. Fabric and other supplies are also donated or sold to the organization at a minimal cost.

This month's segment of Art of Life features a visit to the Fairless Hills office to see how this extraordinary organization makes it all happen. The most amazing thing about our visit was seeing how happy all of the volunteers were to be there, and how devoted they were to helping to make a difference in the lives of others.

Want to know how you can get involved? Become a volunteer quilter, donate your time in some other capacity, adopt a quilt by making a donation, or spread the word!

Downy Touch of Comfort presents "The Gift of Comfort."
Watch as Chandra Wilson joins Downy and volunteer quilters to help deliver quilts to hospitalized children.