Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Volunteers Quilting Souls Together

July 12, 2012 1 comment

I got to speak with Debbie Turner today.

Quilting Souls Together

Debbie leads the Portland chapter of Quilts of Valor on the second Tuesday of each month.

Here is a bunch of volunteers joining together to create quilts for servicemen or veterans touched by war.  It is an gentle way to help heal a brave heart.

Debbie was surprised by the overwhelming support.  This Tuesday will only be the second time they have met, but already there are over 70 people signed up for her newsletter wanting to stay informed.

And the club is already near full.

Yet, there is always a need for quilters, materials, fabric, Long-arm Machines and even money.

There is nothing about politics in this.  This is about relationships and compassion.  As well as joining in a community of quilters for a wonderful cause.

As of today:  Iraq 4483 killed

Quilts of Valor

Afghanistan  1849 killed.

There is a need for hurting souls and families.

This week, Quilts of Valor have awarded 232 quilts to servicemen or veterans.

And they have helped create 67125 quilts since it’s inception.

There is also a chapter in West Linn at HollyHill Quilt Shoppe.

If you feel lead to volunteer, quilt, donate fabric, materials, long-arm machines, or even money… please contact Debbie Turner at

Everyone is welcome.

Many blessings my quilted souls… may your love be sewn in the threads of our lives.


PS, Leave a comment of the name of someone you know who’s a servicemen past or present.  Then like this post.


How Do You Rescue Women In The Sex Slave Trade?

July 8, 2012 2 comments

I know, this is not what you want to see in a Sewing blog, but there is more than meets the eye here.Image

Some friends of mine are in Thailand for July.  They were awarded a trip by Janome to visit a factory in Thailand and have a vacation for a few days.  They decided to turn it into a fact finding trip and are joint venturing into a Thai charity that is keeping girls from the sex slave trade.

In Thailand, when a family cannot feed the kids, they sell their 7 or 8 y.o. girl to become part of the sex slave trade.  The price helps the family get by.  And in the extreme poverty of the country this becomes a lucrative business.

But my friends are joining with others to create options for these girls.  If the parents are not able to provide for their children, there will be a learning center to take them too.

They will be able to be fed, clothed and learn a trade.

Like sewing.

When the President of Janome heard about the ministry, they decided to donate the four or five machines to the charity for these young girls.  That freed up some money for better housing and whatever else may be required.

This is not a solution to the sex trade, but turning options into opportunities is bettering our world.

I’m praying for them.  Throw up a prayer for those young women in need in Thailand.

Feel free to post your comments

And many blessings to you.


PS, we’ll hear more about what happened when they get back in August.