A simple gift of a quilt means the world to a child who has almost nothing to call his own. Children in foster care tend to move over and over again. Many times they travel from one home to another with their worldly possessions in a small plastic bag.
Volunteers, lead by Cyndi Crull at the Phelps County Courthouse, have taken on the mission to ensure that every child in the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children in the south central Missouri program will receive a quilt to keep forever. The project is called Quilts for Kiddos.
"It is all about the kids as far as I'm concerned. We know these kids have so very little," said Crull. "I started thinking what can one person do to make a difference in these kids' lives?"
As administrative assistant in the support services department, Crull has been joined by other employees in the courthouse including Sandy North, the emergency management director and investigator for the prosecuting attorney's office, and Shelby Turner, also of the prosecutor's office.
"I think that there's nothing more comforting than wrapping up in your own quilt or blanket. We want this gift to be theirs to have and keep, something to call their own," Crull explained.
The Rolla Mercy Clinic orthopedics department has joined the effort to provide quilts, blankets and throws for the CASA children.
"This should be an ongoing project," Crull said. "It doesn't have to stop when we collect for the current children in the CASA program. Originally, I thought that I would make one quilt and give it to a child or raffle it off for CASA."
Various raffles are held throughout the year by various departments in the Phelps County Courthouse. "But then I thought I would make one for every child in CASA.
"When I asked how many children were in the program and found out there were 60, I thought that I would certainly need some help," Crull said. "I couldn't make that many quilts in the very near future." Crull and her associates have enlisted the help of the Phelps County Courthouse, Rolla Police Department, the Phelps County Sheriff's Department and area organizations.
"We are committed to giving each and every child their own quilt or blanket," she said. "We're thinking of providing afghans, blankets and throws for the older kids."
The CASA program serves children from infancy to 21 years old.
Crull recommends that donations of quilts, blanket, throws and afghans for the Quilts for Kiddos project be dropped off at the information desk in the foyer of the Phelps County Courthouse with Sally or Sue.
Monetary donations should be sent to the CASA program at Phelps County Courthouse, 200 N. Main, Suite 242, Rolla, MO 65401. Make checks payable to CASA of South Central Missouri, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Page 2 of 2 - For further information about Quilts for Kiddos contact Crull at 573-458-6293 or the CASA office at 573-458-6240 or email at email@example.com.