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We have a life long friend who is the Chief of Pediatrics in a major medical center. He came yesterday loaded with stuffed animals, fleece blankets, sunglasses, and soccer balls! These were some of the items that are donated to the hospital. He has had to rent a storage room...I will be donating these to a local shelter...

My point is...be sure your items are truly going to be used at the place you are donating to. Businesses, organizations, charity groups, and amazingly generous quilters want these things to be used not stored. Look into smaller communities and churches...they may use these items immediately. It is too costly to have our quilts being stored!

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Comment by Pam/NY on August 30, 2013 at 3:58am

There's no excuse for not sending a thank you.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on August 29, 2013 at 7:48pm

Great advice!  Last spring our groups donated several quilts to local hospital pediatrics unit; never got a thank you for them.  Is that expecting too much?

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 29, 2013 at 8:58am

Good point.

I usually contact the organization first to find out what's really needed before I make a donation.  Most of the local groups here are so much in need of cash so I simply donate whatever amount I can.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 28, 2013 at 12:15pm

Thanks for sharing this good information.  Some communities have benefits for individuals with medical needs, etc.  Raffle donations for these events seem like a good idea.  Even smaller donations like table runners, toppers, etc. can be combined with other items to make on bigger raffle basket.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 28, 2013 at 11:49am

Good information to know.  Thanks, Pam!

Comment by Janet/MO on August 28, 2013 at 7:57am

That is a good point Pam.  I try to donate to charities that have their own thrift type stores.  Right now I'm also making quilts for a cancer center, but that center actually contacted my guild to ask for donations. 

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