Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild members visited recently with guest Elizabeth Biles, the program director of Birthright in Rolla. The quilts made by the guild were donated to Birthright's Baby Box program, providing new mothers with the essentials required for the first few weeks of raising their newborn.
Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild members visited recently with guest Elizabeth Biles, the program director of Birthright in Rolla. The quilts made by the guild were donated to Birthright’s Baby Box program, providing new mothers with the essentials required for the first few weeks of raising their newborn.
The guild’s mission is to provide education, fellowship and community service. Each month, guild members bring baby quilts to their meeting which are then distributed to agencies around Rolla and the surrounding counties.
“These quilts might be the only thing they get that’s handmade by someone,” said Biles. “It’s super exciting for them to get something knowing that it wasn’t just gently used or donated. It was made for the intention of their baby,”
The quilts in the boxes are accompanied by other donations from generous sources, such as bottles, pacifiers and other items that shouldn’t be reused. According to Biles, anything new donated to Birthright is immediately designated for the boxes, and is there to make motherhood a little easier for the mothers who receive a box.
“For any new mom, or any mom,” Biles said, “the moment you find out that you’re pregnant, whether you’ve been trying or it’s unexpected, it’s terrifying because the reality of your life is changing.”
Biles explained not all women are lucky enough to have a baby shower and receive the gifts they would typically get that are exciting. The baby boxes are a way to give mothers a gift they wouldn’t have been able to receive otherwise.
“We want it to be a gift to them so when they start this journey they have something that is theirs, and that’ s exciting,” said Biles. “The first few weeks after you have a baby are difficult because you’re both learning. You’re learning who this little thing is and it’s learning who you are. It’s exhausting, and we want to make that transition as easy as possible so our mom’s aren’t feeling more alone than you already do in the first few weeks of motherhood.”
Baby Boxes are distributed to pregnant women who are clients of Birthright. Biles said becoming a client is as easy as stopping by to fill out a form and provide some basic information. Birthright is located at 620 N. Pine Street, Rolla.