Armed Service YMCA Kid Comfort Quilts

Children receiving their custom made quilts.

Operation Kid Comfort, founded in 2004, is easing the sadness of separation from a parent. Children of active duty military personnel receive quilts with "photo transfer" photos of their deployed family member alone or interacting with family. The quilt is then given to the child to play with, sleep with or use to comfort them from the grief of missing their deployed parent.

 

Our Chapter became involved with Operation Kid Comfort (OKC) in May 2006 when chapter member Rhoda Keegan recognized a need in our community and knew the American Sewing Guild could fulfill it. Then chapter president, Carl Filbeck, brought the project to the Neighborhood Groups and the rest is history. The Chapter embraced this effort and it continues under our current president Patricia Burns.

 

The San Diego Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, in partnership with the San Diego Armed Service YMCA, sewed approximately 300 lap sized quilts the first year. Since this modest beginning, chapter members have now sewn over 4,000 quilts representing over 40,000 service hours!

 

The San Diego ASYMCA provides kits that contain all he materials necessary to complete each quilt. The only thing they can't provide is the "person power" to turn the pile of material into a quilt that a child can wrap around them to feel like they are being hugged and comforted by someone special in their life.

 

By becoming a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, you can participate in this worthwhile and rewarding community service project.

Carol Filbeck, Rhoda Keegan and Pat Burns at YMCA Board Dinner in January 2012

San Diego Chapter receives Admiral St. George Award

 

The Board of Directors of the San Diego Armed Services YMCA presented the Admiral St. George Award to the San Diego Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  The award reads:  Presented to AMERICAN SEWING GUILD SAN DIEGO CHAPTER For tireless dedication and long term interest and commitment to the San Diego Armed Services YMCA and its mission to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members in spirit, mind and body, by providing programs and services that strengthen them and are relevant to the unique challenges of military life. April 2006 to January 2012.  ASG Board of Directors Chair, Denise Dias, says in a recent e-mail to San Diego Chapter Members, "Wow! That is one fabulous community service blanket project!"