Handmade quilts offer comfort to ill children _lowres

Photo provided by Quilts for Kids -- Volunteer quilters with the Baton Rouge chapter of Quilts for Kids gather recently at Allbrands for a day of sewing.

Quilts for Kids aims to provide a little extra comfort with donations of handmade quilts to patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

“We hope the bright colors and warm feeling of these quilts wrap the children with love and comfort to make the hospital feel a bit more like home,” Lisa Porche, chapter leader of Quilts for Kids Baton Rouge, said.

Volunteer quilters with the nationwide nonprofit, funded by donations, create patchwork quilts for comfort children in need. Quilters meet twice a month for a day of sewing and then take quilts home to complete for monthly deliveries to the hospital. The team makes about 15 to 20 quilts per month.

During the past five years, Quilts for Kids has donated more than 800 quilts to the Children’s Hospital with the help of 12 volunteers. Quilts for Kids accepts volunteers of all skill levels as well as completed quilts.

To learn more about the Baton Rouge chapter of Quilts for Kids, email batonrougeqfk@quilts forkids.org.