Because I'm already running very late I want to just give a brief introduction then get right to the topic at hand. With summer coming on it's a time to start thinking about fun outdoor activities for kids. What if your child is ill?? Can fiber artists help? There are some great places for kids with illnesses! Yes fiber artists have special opportunities to help.
The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp is an amazing place for kids with illnesses of all types. This camp, started by actor and humanitarian Paul Newman is an exceptional place where kids can "raise a little hell" in Mr. Newman's words. The camp provides all the fun a kid can handle in the beautiful setting of Ashford, Connecticut.
The kids to whom The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp is a special, safe place where kids can be kids at no cost to the families! One young man, close to our hearts, went to this very special place pretty regularly. Born with Cerebral Palsy it was a place he could let off a little steam and learn new activities. It brings back some great memories of seeing the utter joy on his face when he talked about all that he did (and the girl he met ;) That young man is now in college :) Time flies. I was overjoyed when I learned that fiber artists could play a part in "The Gang" by being a part of the "Bandit Quilters".
You don't have to be able to sew (which is good because I can't to save my life LOL) to be a Bandit Quilter. All you have to do is be willing to share your time and talent to make a blanket! These blankets and quilts along with handmade pillowcases are given to the kids to take home as a memento of their visit to camp. HOW COOL IS THAT? Your blanket and thoughtfulness will be a part of a child's memory of a special experience. I think that is spectacular! There are some requirements that really must be followed which I will copy here:
Is your group interested in learning more about being Bandit Quilters? Contact Nicole and set up a time for us to visit your group and chat in person!"
Please remember that you are donating to a child who has come to camp for fun so I encourage you to do your very best work. :) Use COLOR!
I've asked my friend Doug Speeckaert to share some of his favorite blanket links with all of you. Doug has a heart as big as all outdoors himself... and is a designer in his own right. Thank you Doug!
Thanks also to EVERYONE who makes The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp a reality! My apologies for the late entry... and Thank you for reading the blog today.
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