She drives 60 miles round trip to work her shift at St. Rita every Monday morning with a smile on her face and a song of praise in her heart. When she arrives she immediately takes command of her many responsibilities. Serve clients on the Helpline, greet and oversee clients as they fill the receptionist area and weekly adorn the beautiful wall of seasonal clothing that is displayed for the client’s choosing. She decorates the center with flowers and provides snacks for the children of the dear women that we serve. As if that isn’t enough…she is a woman of faith and prayer that seasons all of our lives with courage, hope in the Lord and perseverance. Her faith is contagious and we all blessed to serve Our Lord with Alice Ann Houck. She is mine and you can’t have her! We love you honey! 🙂
Quilts for Kids
In Southern York County, PA an organization formed approximately eight years ago. A small group of women gathered to quilt. The founder was Cheri Reiman who bought fabric, stored away to start a hobby of quilting once she retired. It began as an opportunity to gather for fellowship, to develop the art of healing through quilting, and an expression of creativity, colorful lifestyle ideas, hobbies, or sentiments.
I interviewed the co-chairperson for the York chapter, Susan Markel. She is a retired Math teacher from the Southern York Middle School. Susan formed a Local chapter of Quilts for Kids, by recruiting other staff from the school, mothers, and friends of the school district to meet. They formed a group which evolved over the years and meet to quilt at the Paul Smith Library, in Shrewsbury,PA on A monthly basis. Each session, they bring supplies, fabric, and their machines to Make beautiful finished products often displayed within the library for special
Events, or Christmas and Holiday shopping. An example would be special quilted or embroidered pillowcases for wedding or shower gifts, memory quilts, or the colorful Children’s quilts. The York chapter started by donating many quilts at the holidays to York Hospital for the Pediatric and NICU units for infants and their families to use while inpatients. The group and their efforts expanded to include craft shows in the Autumn, to Christmas bazaars in Loganville, and festivals in Adams and Lancaster counties.
Today the Quilts for Kids is a National Organization, and has it’s own website now at www.quiltsforkids.org. They do accept donations throughout the year from individuals and organizations. Ms. Susan Markel is in the process of writing for grants from companies to support the continued operation of the quilting group by providing needed supplies such as batting and fabric.
The Center for Pregnancy Concerns in Baltimore is honored to receive these handmade works of art, from an extremely talented group. They have supplied us with twenty so far, a variety of hobbies, colors, lifestyle sayings, characters, and Children’s quilts. All have been beautiful, to be used as covers or for wall hangings to add to the décor of your home or nursery. The sewing and quilting talents of this small chapter are very appreciated, as they will continue to donate an amount on a monthly basis as needed. The quilters are busy bees but enjoy sewing to maintain the art of Healing through special memory quilts, and other theme ideas to help the community and organizations such as CPC who reach out to many people. Some of the Quilts will be a part of a silent Auction and fall event planned for October 2016. Please come out and join us for this wonderful event before the Holiday Season begins.
Center Coordinator at St. Ann’s
P.S. Look for the quilts at the silent auction during benefit concert with the Maryland State Boychoir October 6, 2016.