Hello friends. You know how I like the idea of paying it forward. A quilt donation is a great opportunity to do that. Often the question is asked, where can I donate a quilt? Today I am honored to introduce you to a family that has come up with a plan to raise money for charity one quilt at a time.
The Arnold family created The Sandpiper Project, an online silent auction via Facebook to raise money for Make-A-Wish Oregon. After their daughter, Elizabeth (Liz), was declared cancer-free, the Arnolds were so full of gratitude that they wanted to find a way to give back to their community and to bring comfort to children diagnosed with critical diseases. Liz is now a Make-A-Wish Ambassador and The Sandpiper Project has raised over $5,000 so far!
January 2022 UPDATE: The Sandpiper Project is growing and still in need of donations. They are asking for quilts, fabric, notions and even your UFO’s. In Monique’s own words:
“Since we last communicated via email we have a grand total of raising $31,000!!! Since we last communicated we have partnered with new organizations, serving so many children diagnosed with critical diseases-we are now serving MakeAWish OregonChapter, MakeAWish Alaska & Washington Chapter, MakeAWish Idaho Chapter, the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Cancer Association, and Camp UKANDU. In all we are raising awareness and allowing much healing, one quilt at a time.”
You can feel their excitement and joy by reading their own words below:
“With the excitement of celebrating Liz’s two years being cancer free and reaching her goal of raising $2500, we decided to go further and raise money for Make-A-Wish Oregon by starting the silent auctions.
We couldn’t have done it without all of you!!! With your donations of fabrics, supplies, and the love of the project, children across Oregon will have wishes granted and dreams come true – giving families a break from the present stresses and current and future new normals. We know the importance of this program; because Liz was granted a wish, our hearts are full each and every day! Thank you for bringing joy well after the wish was granted!!!
We will be making more items in the coming days, weeks, months to raise even more for Make-A-Wish Oregon. Please join us… Stay tuned… AND thank you for everything!!! Thank you all for your contributions (Fabric, supplies, bidding, and winning!!) You all made a difference in the life of a child.”
Monique (Liz’s mom) reached out to me with details of how it works…. you send a finished quilt (along with a story about your quilt) and a little information about you. They will take pictures of your quilt and put them up for silent auction for 2 to 5 days. They send the quilt to the winner (free of charge because they have a partnership with FedEx.) The winner donates directly to Make-A-Wish Oregon; the money never touches the Arnold’s hands.
If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Monique Arnold at moakey2 at icloud dot com. You can also see an interview with Elizabeth Arnold here.
If you are interested in contributing a quilt, you can send it to: Sandpiper Project, 3650 NW Witham Hill Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330
I have only one quilt left in my “inventory” that is suitable for donation, but it’s perfect for this charity. I made a super cute version of my Ombre Love pattern using a layer cake of Olive’s Flower Market by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. I decided to take out the sashing which makes it a little smaller and gives it a whole different look. Hearts are perfect for this time of year and for this type of charity.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about The Sandpiper Project. It’s another great way for quilters to spread love and make a difference in someone’s life. Thanks for being a part of that!