The saying “Stitched with love” takes on extra special meaning when a young one is wrapped in a quilt created by the many volunteers of Firehouse Quilts. The nonprofit is the December recipient of the $1,000 Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric (www.applewoodfixit.com) “Crazy $12,000 in 12 months Giveaway.”
Looking for a way to fill her retired days, Dusty Darrah, executive director, decided quilting might be a good hobby. In the end, it has turned out to be a community service that brings warmth to hundreds of children each year through donations provided to area fire departments, battered women’s shelters, victim advocate programs and baby bags for needy new mothers. “We have more than 200 people on our list of supporters, but there are about 40 people who actively create the quilts,” said Darrah. “We don’t often get to see the recipients of our work, but when you do and they start snuggling up to them as soon as they get them, it just warms your heart.”
“We are always looking for ways to help our communities,” said John Ward, owner of Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric. “Supporting Firehouse Quilts with our $1,000 giveaway is one way we can bring a little added comfort at a time when you need it most.” Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric supports local charities through the “Crazy 12 in 12 Giveaway” and will begin its third year of the program in 2008. To date, more than 30 organizations have received support through the program.
The funds will help buy needed batting for the quilts and fill-in supplies as needed. “Batting is our biggest expense and this donation is going to help us go a long way in making more quilts this year,” Darrah said. The organization relies on donations of material, supplies and financial support to provide the quilts at no charge.
The group will host its annual Quilt Show in July at the Cherry Hills Community Church. Hundreds of quilts are entered into the contest each year. “Our traditional ‘bed turning’ is one feature of the event that draws a lot of interest,” Darrah said. “Ladies used to do this in their homes and share the story behind each quilt as they were turned and displayed. We do the same at our event.”