On February 19th, 2022, the Interfaith Quilting Spelling Bee took place, after skipping last year due to the pandemic. The event was hosted at the Klein Area Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This year, a special commemorative quilt was created for NAM’s Family Violence Center.
“We used jeans from our household, and other people donated jeans,” said Tiffany Schmutz, one of the quilters who helped create the quilt. She collaborated with Tania Galloway to sew together the pieces of dozens of jeans, to represent “Wear Jeans Day” campaign that takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The quilt will be displayed at events that NAM’s FVC events hosted during the month of April.
Dozens of people of all ages gave their time to sew dozens of quilts, bringing together church members from many of NAM’s congregational partners. One of these individuals was Pam Davis, who is also a long-time volunteer at NAM Resale.
“The work that NAM does is so important to the community,” shared Pam, as she sewed a baby quilt. “I’ve also met many different people as a volunteer, and have learned some of their stories while volunteering with them. I’m so honored to be a part of the work that NAM does.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Klein Stake resumed this annual tradition in support of NAM for 2022. In addition to sewing quilts, attendees were invited to drop off donated blankets to be given to NAM’s clients.
“Every year, we are amazed at the many ways our congregations support the work we do at NAM,” said Brian Carr, NAM Chief Development Officer. “The interfaith quilting bee is an opportunity for these many congregations to come together in the same room, and connect in person as they work on the shared goal creating positive change in their community. We are so grateful for the work our congregations do to help our neighbors in need.”