Much Love Quilts | London, Canada

Charity Name: Much Love Quilts

Tagline: Colourful Quilts With Purpose

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Contact Name: Sheila Hryclik

What is Much Love Quilts all about?

I fundraise for a charity I love by selling handmade quilts and baby gifts. Proceeds go to support moms and babies living in extreme poverty through Compassion Canada’s Survival Program. I focus on Nicaragua as I have seen the work there first hand. I also collaborate with another Compassion volunteer to support a project in Uganda.

How long have you been operating?

This is my 4th year.

Where did the idea start?

I have sponsored children through Compassion for several years, and I wanted to generate more funds specifically for supporting moms in poverty and addressing infant mortality. I have had a life long love of sewing and am a total introvert so a behind the scenes (mostly) place to do my work is a good fit.

How do TOWNHALL Citizens or visitors get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?

TOWNHALL citizens can purchase a handmade quilt or baby gift through my website I can provide embroidered swaddling blankets in bulk (20?) if you are part of an organization that frequently gives new baby gifts. Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook!

Do you have any success stories?

My fundraising efforts have been growing steadily. I know that even a donation as little as $10 can provide a lifesaving medical intervention like a round of antibiotics for a sick child.

Do you have a project on TOWNHALL or an important event or mission coming up?

My largest event of the year is “Art In The Barn” July 14 & 15, 2018. This is a 200+ vendor market in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. It is usually a day of great connections.

Are you raising funds for anything specific?

The funds I raise are for maternal and infant health initiatives, income generation skills for mom, social and spiritual support for the family, and growth and development initiatives for the child.

Any interesting fact you can share?

Compassion internationally works in 25 countries addressing generational poverty. The work is done through the local church. When I visited a project in Nicaragua the pastor of the local church took us to the dump where children had been working daily alongside of their parents. The children were offered an opportunity to have a sponsor and go to school instead of working at the dump. Many children came into the program and this small act will have huge impact in attacking generational poverty in that community. This scenario is being repeated all over the world at a community level.

What’s the overall vision for Much Love Quilts?

I’m not really a visionary person. I just keep trying and I hope that others will see that you don’t necessarily have to start your own charity or travel the globe to have an impact – although I applaud you if you do! You can align with a charity that is doing great work and support them in a meaningful way – even from your own sewing room (with your side kick)!

What’s your ‘why’?

Poverty issues have always tugged at my heart so that was a good place to start. I also have a soft spot for moms. I know what a hard job it can be even without the added issues of poverty, illness, family violence and hopelessness.

Anything else you’d like to add or that you think we should know?

I just want to thank you if you have read this far!

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