COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE
NMQA members donate more than 500 quilts per year to Albuquerque’s sick and needy children and adults. Community Service is a cornerstone of the organization and despite the pandemic, in June 2020, NMQA Community Service made its total largest single donation ever: 278 quilts to 10 agencies! Our mission is to give the gift of warmth and love through beautiful handmade, lap-sized quilts. They are distributed two to three times per year to organizations and agencies such as:
Barrett House Shelter
Safe House Shelter
Valencia County Shelter
Cuidandos Los Ninos
New Mexico Kids Matter
University of New Mexico Hospital
University of NM Children’s Hospital
Carrie Tingley Hospital
Veterans Administration Hospitals
More than 3500 quilts have been distributed to area agencies in the past six years. At right, Adam Romero of UNM Hospital Volunteer Services accepts a delivery of donated quilts from NMQA member Barb Johnson.
This tradition was initiated in 2000 by Mary Lou Michnovics and Geneie Brown. A group of NMQA members meet each Tuesday at Christ the Ray of Hope Lutheran Church, at Louisiana and San Antonio Streets NE, in Room M from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They determine patterns, cut fabrics, sew, and even make kits for other NMQA members to help with piecing and binding. NMQA budgets for the fabric, binding and sewing needs for these quilts.
At right, a thank you note received from a recipient of donated quilts in 2021.
DUE TO COVID-19, COMMUNITY SERVICE IS NOT MEETING AT THIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE QUILTS AND ARE DROPPING THEM OFF, AS WELL AS PICKING UP NEW KITS, AT MONTHLY MEETINGS.