Ugly Quilts

Ugly Quilts

Inspired by the incident I blogged about here, I called and chatted with my mom yesterday. I was thinking about her example of selflessly serving others that I try to emulate. She is an Ugly Quilter–a group named for the donated fabric scraps used to make the quilted sleeping bags, not a description of these lovely volunteers who meet weekly to sew bags for the homeless. I asked her if the group had ever gotten any feedback as to the impact their efforts may have made in the lives of those who have received these labors of love. She said of the thousands of quilts they’ve made over the years (they wrap woolen socks, hats, mittens and toiletries inside the bags), only one story came back to them. They had gotten a phone call from a family member of someone who was in need of some help but was too proud to admit it or to ask for help, even from family and friends. She asked if a quilt could be delivered. A quilt was brought to the designated address, and though a light was on inside, no one answered the door of the small apartment. the quilt was left on the doorstep. Several months later, one of the quilters had a carload of quilts to deliver and made a stop at a store enroute. A woman came up to her car and excitedly asked is she was with the group that made the sleeping bags? Yes, she was….The woman then confessed that she had been in a dark place and needed help but was too proud to seek it. She heard a knock on her door a few months back and didn’t answer it, but later found the sleeping bag. She had no heat in her apartment and had been unable to sleep because she was so cold. She put on the wool socks and got into the bag and was finally warm for the first time in a long while. It was a ‘wake up’ call to her that she needed help and couldn’t get out of her situation alone. She contacted the Red Cross and got some assistance. Now she works for the Red Cross!

The work of the Ugly Quilters warm more than bodies–they warm hearts and souls. As they roll up the bags, with the little items inside, they say this non-denominational prayer together:

LORD TAKE THE WORK OF
OUR HANDS AND BLESS IT
AND IN THY NAME, LET THE
PERSON THAT RECEIVES THIS
GIFT KNOW THAT HE IS LOVED.

AMEN

 

About Gail Park

Genealogist, librarian, traveler, runner, grandma, Mormon
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2 Responses to Ugly Quilts

  1. Mrs. Ronald says:

    Great story! Imagine how many lives those quilts have touched. Love it!

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