The first thing everyone notices when entering the Ontario Convention Center for Road to California is the immense hallway with all the beautiful quilts hanging from the ceiling. This year, those quilts were the work of members from the South Bay Quilters Guild.
The South Bay Quilters Guild has an active community service program. They have donated 800-1,000 lap quilts to local nursing homes and hospitals.
The guild also began a “Read Me A Quilt” program with CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates. This group provides volunteers who advocate for children in foster care. The guild became aware of CASA from one of its members. For the past 10 years, the guild has been providing quilts and books to toddlers through teenagers in the foster care system.
Another guild member had connections with field hospitals in Afghanistan which led to the guild’s “Quilts for Wounded Warriors” project. Their donated quilts are made to fit the size of a gurney and are mailed directly to the field hospitals. The quilts are given to soldiers and remain with the recipients throughout their hospital stay and their journeys home. The guild has been involved with this worthwhile endeavor for 6 years.