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Jan 19

Comforts for Children

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 7:18 AM by Sarah Rankin

JeanQuilting_300x176_emailJean Littschwager’s three daughters were so attached to their blankets, it was hard for Jean to wash them. She came up with a solution: she cut the blankets in half, and her daughters didn’t notice each half was missing.

Recognizing the bonds children develop with blankets, when Jean began volunteering with the Pioneer Quilters in 1991 and saw unused fabric available, she had an idea.

Together with a friend, Jean began making quilts to give away to children who had been separated from their homes due to neglect or abuse. As a former kindergarten and third grade teacher, Jean was a mandatory reporter and saw the impact turbulent home lives had on her students’ lives.

Comforts for Children has now distributed more than 30,000 quilts to at-risk youth through community service agencies such as First Place Family Center and Womenspace. The quilts are also distributed to hospitals for all children going into surgery because, Jean says, “It gives the kids something to look forward to.”

After 24 years of volunteering her time, Jean recently retired as director of Comforts for Children.

Comforts for Children produces about 50-60 quilts each month and receives quilt donations from other organizations. Between five and eight volunteers meet each week in a space provided by the Campbell Community Center. They spread out the fabrics and quilt together.

Comforts for Children also has quilt kits with design instructions and fabric for volunteers to quilt from home. “People take these out like library books and bring them back finished,” Jean says.

Over the years, Jean has spoken in children’s hearings and even stays in contact with a few of the kids she knew personally. She says, “One kid is now grown and still keeps his blanket.”

Drop in and join the Comforts for Children quilters group any Thursday from 12:30 – 4:00 pm at the Campbell Community Center.

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