BY MARSHA SHONK, TURN THIS TOWN AROUND WHITESVILLE VISTA, THE HUB
Earlier this year, I heard Michelle Ford from the Children’s Home Society speaking about how the foster children who come into their homeless shelters arrive with all their possessions in a trash bag. After several months went by, I still couldn’t stop thinking about the children and the trash bags. I decided to do something to help.
I started looking online for quilting groups. On Facebook, I found one in Madison called the Boone County West Virginia Quilters Group. I asked if they would be interested in making quilts for children in West Virginia’s homeless shelters. Wanda Tomblin responded with a resounding yes.
It was time to figure out how to get donations. I reached out to the Regional Family Resource Network (RFRN) to get a formal donations request letter as well as a place to accept donations. The RFRN is filled with many dedicated people doing so many wonderful things through their organizations.
Soon after, I met the quilting group and received a large bag trash bag full of their homemade quilts! I then brought them to the Children’s Home Society for distribution.
The Boone County West Virginia Quilters Group is eager to keep supporting the Children’s Home Society, but are in need of sewing supplies, fabric, and sewing machines. We are also accepting donations of suitcases for the children (so they do not have to store their belongings in trash bags).
For donations, please contact Wanda Tomblin at 304-785-1986, Marsha Shonk at 304-854-7365, or the RFRN Coordinator Darynann Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org.