It began when members discovered through the CROSS Food Shelf that local children were sleeping on couches and floors because their family didn’t have the means to buy them a bed. Now the Maple Grove Rotary Club is in the process of building and delivering 26 beds to local families in need, and the Maple Grove Quilters are providing beautiful, original hand-made quilts to go with every one of them.
The beds are being made with the proceeds of the annual Maple Grove Rotary Bed Race held during Maple Grove Days in July, and with money from a grant from Rotary District 5950. Finished beds come complete with mattresses, mattress covers, pillows, sheet sets, blankets and pillows. Books including coloring books and teddy bears are delivered on top of the beds. Rotary member Judy Johnson has been donating teddy bears.
“When the Maple Grove Quilters were asked to make quilts for the Rotary Club beds we were delighted to pitch in,” Maple Grove Quilters member Peg Lindberg said. “Each quilt is uniquely made by one or more of our members to provide warmth, comfort and vibrant color for a special child. We are thrilled to know our quilts, along with their new beds, will help children define their unique, comfortable personal spaces within their homes.”
The local families in need are identified by the CROSS Food Shelf. The beds are delivered and assembled by Maple Grove Rotarians and Quilters.
“It’s been a privilege to make and deliver these beds to needy children”, Maple Grove Rotary member Jim Betzold said. “Our reward comes when we get a hug and thank you from the family and smiles on the children’s faces.”
The Maple Grove Quilters pictured include: seated left to right: Erin Kennedy, Sandy Johnson, Margo Rambow, Bernice Musech, Marlyce Payne, Peg Lendberg, and Jeanne Farmer; standing: Helen Host, Stephanie Dworschak, Pat Cedar, Tamie Hammerstad, Fran Andress, Michele Gacek, Diane Houston, Kathleen Winters, Kari Schell, Wanda Shelton, Kathy Cotter, Julie Schlueter and Judy Chmielewski.