Goldsboro Quilting Bee Donates Blankets for Disaster Clients

Samples of finished quilts that are ready to be handed out

Samples of finished quilts that are ready to be handed out

In Goldsboro, NC, the Cotton Club Quilters of Goldsboro, meet once a month at the Wayne County Chapter to donate their time making quilts for disaster clients. The Cotton Club Quilters began their partnership with the Red Cross approximately six years ago, they needed a place to quilt and a new outlet to receive their quilts. The Wayne County Chapter opened its space to the group and the partnership has blossomed to this day. The membership of the group is forty members strong with many members working from home and coming in monthly to either pick up or drop off their finished products. The group donates approximately 20 handmade quilts a year.

Quilters hard at work

Quilters hard at work

Pat King,  is not only a member of the quilting bee but  is a Disaster Action Team member, who is called to respond to the many local house fires in the Goldsboro area. On the day I was visiting with the group, Pat described to the others what it was like to pass out a quilt to a disaster client saying that “the look on their faces when they received the quilt was unforgettable” and that the clients are always very appreciative of that one small act of kindness.  The members I spoke with agreed to is not only the acts of kindness that they perform but that they love to quilt and give back to their community.

The importance of community partner groups and the volunteers who spend their time dedicated to our organization is not undervalued. The Red Cross needs community partners and their members to assist the Red Cross in all that we do across all lines of service in all our communities.   Community Partners assist with volunteering opportunities, fundraising, preparedness, response and recovery efforts during disaster, sponsor blood drives and hold health and safety classes. For more information on how to partner your business or organization with the Red Cross call 1-800-REDCROSS or your local chapter.

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