Orphan Outreach Distributes Homemade Quilts to Orphans in Russia, Guatemala
by Emily Foshee Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012
The orphans in Nikolsky orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia will stay warm and cozy this winter, thanks to the 30 quilts they received from Quilts Without Borders, a non-profit national organization, this summer.Paula Hayes, director of administrative services, personally delivered the quilts to the children in St. Petersburg in July.“The kids just loved them,” said Paula. “They rolled up in them, played with them, and were so happy to have them. And, the caretakers at the orphanage were amazed at how beautiful they were.”Tiffany Taylor, director of Marketing and Development at Orphan Outreach, took quilts to Guatemala in mid September.Quilts Without Borders began in 2007 with the intent of bringing people of different faiths together to work on worthwhile projects and to be of service to orphaned children throughout the world. Churches of many denominations across the country host gatherings all year, making colorful quilts that will make children that have so little feel cared for and warm.“Our mission has been truly blessed,” said Karen Vanderstoep, founder of Quilts Without Borders. “It’s so gratifying to see the look of surprise and happiness on the faces of these children when they get their quilts, which are the only thing they own. The clothes in the orphanages are communal, and our quilts are the only possession they have...it’s the only thing they can take with them when the leave.”Orphan Outreach has received 200 quilts from Quilts Without Borders to date.