Mary Ann Ford of Hospice and Palliative Care of Oneida and Madison Counties recently attended the Nov. 21 meeting of the Americana Village Quilters Guild to receive a donation of over 30 quilts made by the members.

The quilts are given to children who need the services of Hospice, either because they are sick or someone they love is sick or has died.

“We call them ‘blankets of comfort’ for these children,” said Ford who has been collecting the quilt donations for many years.

Ford said that each child can choose a quilt that they like or one that has special meaning to them.

“You never know what a child will choose,” said Ford. “One little girl picked out a quilt that had fishing poles and fish on it because it reminded her of her grandfather who was an avid fisherman.”

Each child is given a square of muslin that they can write on message on – usually it is a remembrance message to or of a loved one. Ford will then sew the muslin square onto the chosen quilt so that it has even more special meaning to the recipient.

The quilters have made the donation of quilts a yearly tradition and they work all year on special quilts for this cause. The members are from Hamilton, Earlville, Sherburne, Bouckville, Madison, Waterville, Morrisville, and other local areas.

Americana Village Quilters Guild meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Community Room, Building 2-3 of Madison Lane Apartments, Hamilton. New members are always welcome.

For more information on the group, contact Roxanne Roberts, president, at roxiekat1970@yahoo.com.