In 2005 the guild sent quilts to Hurricane Katrina victims, and in 2011 quilts were sent to Japan for the tsunami victims. We have also made raffle quilts for Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer's Assoc., and Relay for Life. In 2017 many quilts have been made and donated to local victims in Vanceboro, NC, whose homes were flooded as a result of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
In 2015 we started using our scrap fabrics to make pillows for the cats at the Colonial Capital Humane Society shelter. These are approximately 20" x 24", about the size of a standard pillowcase. So far we have made and contributed about 30-35 pillows. We were asked by that group to make a raffle quilt for the society as one we made several years ago brought in a large amount of money for their all-volunteer no-kill society. Several years ago we made two: one with cats, one with dogs. After our initial gift of kitty pillows, the quilters group has enthusiastically taken on this project for using their scraps. We now have made and donated several hundred pillows taken to the Sun Journal Newspaper to be distributed to several local pet organizations. In the May 28, 2017, full page thank you from the Sun Journal, we were mentioned by name.
After the August 2017 Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston, TX, with a two- day lead time, the members of the TRQG donated over 50 quilts and blankets, plus over 200 pillowcases to be given to a donation center and handed out to victims of this tragedy. Then, after a member went to Florida to help after Hurricane Irma, she requested pillowcases made that would be taken to Puerto Rico for victims of Hurricane Marie. You may wonder why pillowcases, but they are strong and can be used as bags to carry food, water, and other necessities. The hurricanes of 2017 have been devastating for many.