One of the things we love most about working at SweetWater Marketing is getting to know the people who make a difference in our community. Whether it’s a startup providing new products, services and jobs, or people who give of their time and talents with no monetary profit expected, we love to tell their stories.
We recently had the opportunity to meet a group of quilters who sew love into quilts that are given to children in crisis. Project Linus provides handmade blankets to bring a little softness to children in a hard world, whether it’s an infant in the hospital, a child whose home has burned, or a teenage boy in foster care.
On a recent Sunday morning, we met up with a subgroup of the local Project Linus chapter, the Renegades, at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. This group typically focuses on making quilts for boys, using more masculine prints such as sports themes, jungle animals and race cars, which aren’t typical in quilt design. But they recently took a break from the boys’ blankets for a very special project: Davidson Farms, a group home built by Kids to Love Foundation. The north Madison County, Alabama home provides a safe haven for tween and teen girls who may otherwise find themselves on living on the streets.
“If I can ease some kid’s suffering for five minutes, it’s worth the 15 hours of work,” said one quilter, reflecting a heart for children shared by each of the Renegades, and evident in the beauty of their work.
The Renegades meet once a month, taking the opportunity to not only make quilts, but also to fellowship and have lunch together. They were gracious hosts during our visit, and you can read more about them here.
“We are so thankful the Linus project has taken helping our kids to heart,” said Lee Marshall, founder and CEO of Kids to Love. “Their support at Christmas was a God send, and now their efforts to support at Davidson Farms will give our girls a warm welcome when we bring them home.”
You can donate fabric and other quilting supplies at Patches and Stitches, 603 Humes Avenue in Huntsville, in the Five Points Neighborhood.
There are wonderful people in our community making a difference every day. SweetWater Marketing loves to tell their stories. If you know of such a story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (256)617-2092.