Racing Fingers Quilt Guild - Charity

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Ormond Beach, Florida

"Fidgety Quilts" Project

In 2015, the members of Racing Fingers Quilt Guild decided to assist elderly Alzheimer's and dementia patients at Florida Hospital by providing them with something to keep their hands occupied, thus preventing them from fidgeting with the equiment used during their care. Guild members made nine-patch mini-quilts with tactile and manipulative objects such as textured fabric, old thread spools, cording, zippers, buttons, and Velcro tabs attached. The quilts were laundered, placed in plastic bags that included future washing instructions, and delivered to Florida Hospital. The nursing staff were thrilled with the donation and have made good use of these quilts which will go home with the patients. Guild members are continuing to make these quilts.

During the 2018 American Quilters' Society Quilt Week held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, AQS provided the guild with a booth and donations of fabric and embellishments, and also gifts for volunteers who sewed fidget quilts at the quilt show. Many people stopped by and wanted to participate in or to learn about this outreach project. Many fidget quilts were assembled and after some final quilting or detailing were sent to Florida Hospital. Several quilts were donated to individuals who expressed a specific was very rewarding to see how much joy they brought to those who requested them.

This project has been so successful that guild members have been asked to supply 13" x 18" Fidget Mats for the the Activity Room at the Emory L. Bennett Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach.

"Quilts of Valor" Quilt Project

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. In November 2013, a representative of the foundation approached guild member, Jean Roth, with a request that the guild present a quilt to a veteran who lives locally. As the guild did not have any quilts on hand, a quilt was sent from Arizona for the first presentation. In December 2013, guild members completed a quilt top donated by a member. That quilt was presented to David Swanson, a Vietnam War veteran who lives in Ormond Beach. In May 2014, quilts made by guild members, were presented to a Vietnam veteran, David Morris, who lives in DeLand, and to a Tuskeegee veteran. Finally a quilt was presented to Ernest Derryberry, a World War II veteran and father of member, Linda Derryberry.

Project "WARM"

The guild's most recent project is making quilts for Project "WARM." “WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers) at the Vince Carter Bunnell, Florida, is a long-term residential treatment facility for women symptoms of drug and alcohol dependence, with beds designated for, but not limited women who are pregnant, post partum, and parenting young children. The women live on campus in a therapeutic and supportive environment. Those with children are able have their children (under the age of 6) in residence with them. Children age 6 and above are able to visit on weekends. WARM provides a broad range of services based upon client needs as identified during the admission assessment.