Hundreds of Pillowcases Donated to Shelter Guests
(Concord, NH) In 2009, 350 adults and 250 children spent time in the 12 domestic violence shelters in New Hampshire. It is difficult to describe what it feels like to have to go to such lengths just to maintain one’s safety. Oftentimes victims flee their homes with only the clothes on their backs and no personal possessions.
A local quilt shop owner is doing her part to try and bring some comfort to shelter guests with a gift to make them feel like home. Becky Weber owns Quilted Threads in Henniker. In January she began participating in a national drive to make and donate a million pillow cases for charity. (Click here for more information.)
Since the beginning of the year Becky has collected over 1,600 pillow cases for local charities in New Hampshire. Hundreds of people have been making the pillowcases throughout the year, some on their own time, others participating in sewing days at Quilted Threads. In February she contacted the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence with an interest in providing every shelter guest with a new pillowcase upon their arrival. Becky was astonished to learn of the number of women and children who are supported by the member programs of the Coalition every year. She set a goal to collect 700 pillow cases in time for October which is domestic violence awareness month.
“The Coalition is truly honored to be a part of this thoughtful project. It is humbling to hear how many volunteers donated their time,” said Grace Mattern, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “The support of community is a vital component in our mission to ensure that everyone is safe in their own homes.”
For more information visit Quilted Thread's website www.quiltedthreads.com.
Pictured left to right - Becky Weber, Quilted Threads; Grace Mattern, Executive Director, NHCADSV