In 2005 the guild sent quilts to Hurricane Katrina victims, and in
2011 quilts were sent to Japan for the tsunami victims. We
have also made raffle quilts for Habitat for Humanity,
Alzheimer's Assoc., Promise Place, and Relay for Life. In 2017
many quilts have been made and donated to local victims in
Vanceboro, NC, whose homes were flooded as a result of
Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
In 2015 we started using our scrap fabrics to make pillows for
the cats at the Colonial Capital Humane Society shelter. These
are approximately 20" x 24", about the size of a standard
pillowcase. We were asked by that group to make a raffle
quilt for the society as one we made several years ago brought
in a large amount of money for their all-volunteer no-kill
society. This year we made two, one with cats, one with dogs.
After our initial gift of kitty pillows, the quilters group has
enthusiastically taken on this project for using their scraps. We
now have made and donated several hundred pillows taken to
the Sun Journal Newspaper to be distributed to several local
pet organizations. In the May 28, 2017, full page thank you
from the Sun Journal, we were mentioned by name.
After the August 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, TX, with
a two-day lead time, the members of the TRQG donated over
50 quilts and blankets, plus over 200 pillowcases to be given to
a donation center and handed out to victims of this tragedy.
Then, after a member went to Florida to help after Hurricane
Irma, she requested pillowcases made that would be taken to
Puerto Rico for victims of Hurricane Marie. You may wonder
why pillowcases, but they are strong and can be used as bags to
carry food, water, and other necessities. The hurricanes of
2017 have been devastating for many.