Capital City Quilters adopted Juneau’s AWARE shelter as their standing charity project. Members make pillowcases and receiving blankets, then donate them to the shelter. Women and children receive a pillowcase (or receiving blanket) when they arrive, using it during their stay. For babies, the pillowcase has double duty as a receiving blanket. The pillowcases also provide a handy knap-sack for packing items when they leave the shelter.
CCQ member Sandra Bleicher collect donated fabrics or purchases fabrics appropriate for pillowcases. They use cotton fabrics, including flannel, with themes for the holidays, boys, girls, babies, teens, and even moms.
Members donate time in pre-cutting fabrics to make the pillow cases, then put them in a kit. Each pillowcase kit includes fabric for four pillowcases and matching cuffs. Members pick up a free kit, or can use their own fabrics, to sew pillowcases. Kits are available at each Guild meeting and at the UFO meeting. Finished pillowcases can be dropped off during UFO or during the Guild meeting.
Instructions for making the pillowcases are available in hardcopy. OR on the internet, Google “making pillowcases” and select the You-Tube video for “Easy Tube Pillowcase Tutorial.”
CCQ donates over 300 pillowcases to AWARE each year. For more information, contact Marcie Benvin. Her email and phone number are in your CCQ directory, or contact the CCQ President.
SPECIAL EVENT! bring Holiday themed (Halloween, Thansgiving, Christmas, Winter) pillow cases or receiving blankets to the Sept, Oct, Nov or to the Christmas Party made from your own fabric to donate to AWARE. For each holiday item donated, your name will go into a drawing; prize(s) to be awarded at the JANUARY meeting.
The following is from the AWARE website.
AWARE, Inc. Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies
1-800-478-1090 (toll free)
AWARE provides comprehensive intervention and prevention, outreach and education regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. AWARE, Inc, provides these services to Juneau and smaller communities in Southeast Alaska.