The Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters is a small group of about 45 quilters. One of our missions is to make and donate quilts to deserving children and adults in our community. The committee works together to coordinate both donated fabric and purchased fabric. Once a year we display all of our coordinated fabric packs at a meeting and our members can select just the pack for them. Making a comfort quilt is sometimes completely done by one member, but we do have members who like to just piece, and some of our members who are long arm quilters will volunteer to machine quilt. It does take a village!! Sometimes the committee will set up Sew-In’s, so that we can come together, share our work, learn new techniques and of course, socialize.
Each May we hold the Comfort Quilt Show, where finished comfort quilts are put on display at the monthly MLQ meeting. The year 2013 was a recorded breaker for us, as we made and donated 103 quilts to children and adults in our community.
We gave quilts to foster children in Snohomish County who graduated from high school. In Snohomish County, it is sad to say, only about 30% of foster children graduate from high school. At an annual celebration each June, graduating seniors are provided with a hope chest which contains some essentials for starting life independently: basic linens, towels, kitchen supplies and a quilt. In 2013, we donated 23 “Grad Quilts”. We are told that often teenagers must move out of their foster homes upon graduation, as that is when the state-provided support ends. The hope chest likely contains the only belongings the young adults have to start independent lives.
In 2011 we started donating quilts to Hand In Hand, Safe Place. Safe Place is a sanctuary for children from infancy to 12 years of age who have been removed from their homes during a time of family crisis. The facility is licensed to be open seven days a week and a child may stay there for three days while a social worker finds just the right foster home for them. The children are given medical help if needed, showers, warm meals, new clothes, and lots of TLC. We donated 45 quilts to them this year. For the last few years the committee has encouraged our membership to bring a donation of underwear, socks, and pajamas to the club’s annual Christmas party to be given to the facility. Every year we are quite overwhelmed with the large donations we are able to provide Safe Place to help them start their new year.
In December of 2013, we again donated quilts to Senior Services of Snohomish County’s Meals on Wheels program. We always deliver our quilts to Senior Services when we know we will have a chance to see and talk with many of the drivers who deliver the Meals on Wheels. They have a great time looking at all the quilts and finding just the right one for one of their special clients. This year we donated 33 quilts to Senior Services.
We also donated 2 quilts to two deserving families from Columbia Elementary School in Mukilteo.