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Quilts from Around the World Show Some Local Love to Thomas Fire Survivors

Over 300 handmade quilts from around the world were distributed to Thomas Fire survivors by Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project and the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild.

Another unique Local Love Project Pop-Up was held on March 8, 2018 at the San Buenaventura Mission Parish Hall in downtown Ventura. This time, over 300 handmade quilts along with dozens of bed sheet sets, blankets and an assortment of housewares, household goods and packaged food items were distributed to survivors of the Thomas Fire and mudslides.  

The event was sponsored by Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild, FOOD Share, the Jewish Federation of Ventura County and the San Buenaventura Mission assisted by with a dedicated of a hard-working team of Local Love Project volunteers who managed the distribution and helped the recipients.

Local handmade love

After seeing the devastation caused by the fire and mudslides, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild initiated a project to create quilts for those affected. Eventually, people from seven countries and all fifty states responded by creating over 400 quilts, all of which were sent here to Ventura! Countless hours of work and devotion were spent on these heartfelt masterpieces. Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project was given the honor of helping to distribute some of these quilts at this Local Love Project Pop-Up.

Quilts made with love provide comfort

By definition, a quilt is a coverlet or blanket made of two layers of fabric with a layer of cotton, wool, feathers, or down in between and all stitched firmly together, usually in a decorative crisscross design. In this special case, these particular scraps of fabric sewn together to help provide warmth and protection are really so very much more – they connect each of us to the hands that have sewn them and to the hearts and souls of those that have received one. These quilts will now become heirlooms that connect us to warm memories and the kind generosity of so many givers from around the world as they help our community.

We thank all those who made the quilts as well as those that donated the many other items we distributed, making this wonderful event possible.

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