In 2003 I started making a quilt for the family I would adopt for Christmas. The program to adopt-a-family was through my college, Portland Community College. It was our Cascade campus who first started this tradition of having staff and faculty adopt a family selected from the student population. So Doug and I decided to adopt a family and shower them with the best Christmas they could think of having. It always involved the addition of a quilt.
Sometimes I would make a quilt for each of the kids in the family, sometimes a quilt for the mother. One year I made a quilt for the mom and the gramma. And then the fun slowed down when Doug had lost his job. We couldn't afford to adopt a family that year, so I made a few quilts to give to kids who didn't receive as much that year.
After a couple of years of making a few quilts, I told my quilting forum about this idea and some of the quilters wanted to be part of this tradition. That year I received about 15 quilts from others from across the nation and Canada
|Adopt-a-Family quilts 2012|
This year was more difficult and I wasn't sure if we could make it so that each child could receive a quilt. See, we lost two of our quilters. But now the rest of us had a goal: to honor those two by making as many quilts as we could. We realized we might not have enough quilts for every child, so we focused on making sure the little ones had a quilt.
|Quilts waiting to be sorted|
Here's the stats:
- 47 children ages 18 and under
- One mother who asked for nothing--I gave her a quilt
- 20 leftover quilts! They were given to the Bradley Angle House. This is an agency that provides women and children of domestic abuse with a safe place.
It was a glorious Thanksgiving!