A Lovie is a quilt plus a stuffed animal for a child. Our guild presents Lovies annually to children in various organizations, including emergency responders’ care, hospitals, daycare settings, foster care, homeless shelters and many others.
Past Service Projects
2019: Bed quilts for WMU Seita Scholars
Seita Scholars are students who have aged out of the Foster Care program and have been accepted at WMU, where they have the opportunity to attend for free; there are 35 Seita Scholars starting in 2018.
For these students, we made long twin quilts (approximately 90” long by 54-60” wide.) for incoming students to choose from. Matching pillowcases serve as a good way to store the quilts.
We also collected items for welcome baskets:
• Bathing sponges/puffs • Body wash/bar soap • Box fan • Deodorant • Dry Erase Board • Extension Cord • Feminine hygiene products (unscented) • Hair brush and combs • Hypoallergenic pillow • Nail clippers • Laundry basket (large, rectangular) • Laundry detergent and fabric softener • Lotion • Planner • Razors • Shampoo and Conditioner • Shaving cream/gel • Shower caddy • Shower shoes and shower cap • Toilet Paper • Toothbrush and toothpaste • Sheet set (Twin XL or Full) • Mattress Pad (Twin XL or Full) • Tote, 30 Gallon • Bath towels, hand towel, washcloths • Umbrella
Contact Teri Cleveland and Jean Smith with questions.
2018 Holiday Service – “Lovies” w/Quilt
At our Holiday party, we have entertainment during dinner. But the highlight of the evening are all the quilt-wrapped stuffed animals (“Lovies”) that the members donate. In 2018 we donated 469 Lovies to six local organizations: Bronson Child Life Department, Elizabeth Upjohn Kalamazoo Community Healing Center, Family and Children Services, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Sylvia’s Place, and YWCA Domestic Assault. Each agency was appreciative.
Service Project 2018 – “Binkies”
We made 152 children’s blankets (“Binkies“) to distribute throughout Kalamazoo County to many organizations. Binkies are knitted, crochet, quilted or fleece, and are sized anywhere between 36″ square and twin size (approximately 68″ x 90”.)
We made and donated almost 100 colorful small (36” x 36”) quilts to decorate the West Michigan Cancer Center walls in July 2018
2017: Alternatives Pregnancy Center provides prenatal help to low-income women with no or little insurance. Alternatives offers a number of services before and after the infants are born and, being a private organization, they rely on donations. After the births, the mothers are given layettes, so one of these baby quilts will be added to each one.
2017: Hospital Hospitality House provides free lodging for out-of-town family dealing with the stress of having loved ones in the hospital. Two new buildings, one near Bronson and one near Borgess, will each have 2 queen beds and 12 twin beds. The Borgess Hospitality House is nearing completion and will be featured in the 2017 Home Builders Association of Western Michigan Parade of Homes. The Bronson Hospitality House will be built at a later date. KLCQG members’ quilts will be found in each bedroom.
Spring 2016 Service Quilts
Parade of beautiful quilts made for Kairos Dwelling, Rose Arbor, Wings Home hospice
167 charity quilts shared at June 2016 meeting, all headed to veterans at the Battle Creek VA Hospital.