By Susan Chamberlain
A tradition since 1991 at the Pacific Northwest Conference United Methodist Church Annual Meeting is the collecting of United Methodist Women (UMW) Quilts for “Children at Risk” in our Conference. In 2019, 432 quilts were received, an increase of 148 quilts.
Quilts were given out to the UMW District Presidents to be distributed to mission agencies in their areas working with women, youth, children, and babies. The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Tacoma Community House, Atlantic Street Center, Family Promise in Salmon Creek, the Support Center in Omak, and Domestic Violence Victim Services in Everett are just a few of the places that have received the quilts in the past.
Our goal for next year, 2020 is to bring in over 500 quilts. Marsha Aufenkamp, President of Seven Rivers Mission District UMW, will be in charge next year. If you did not bring a quilt to conference this year, please consider bringing one next year. If you brought one, how about two next year? Together we can increase the number of smiles on the face of a child receiving a quilt filled with love and prayers.
Remember that we will take quilts as well as blankets. They can be crocheted, knitted, or anything else.
Susan Chamberlain serves as President of the Crest to Coast Missional District United Methodist Women.