Love Thy Baby volunteers have been unable to meet as a group since March of 2020 and expect that to be the case for the remainder of the year. We are not letting that slow us down, however. Many of our volunteers are staying close to home and sewing, serging, knitting and crocheting like crazy!
It does present challenges for the activities we typically do as a group when we meet:
Usually two volunteers run a quilt table, squaring batting with tops and backs, while others sew around the resulting quilts, stitch them closed, and do the final quilting. Several of our volunteers are taking batting home and running a one-person table. Slower going, but we're getting it done!
It takes three volunteers to tear bolts of flannel into receiving blanket sized pieces, while others fold, count and bag them to be serged at home. We are very grateful to Jennifer at the Old Craft Store for allowing us to use their classroom space to do this once a month. We're keeping the tearing team to five, to minimize the risk, and we've discovered that wearing masks means less irritation to your sinuses from the lint that flies when you tear flannel!
Lastly, the operating committee members are coordinating pickup of completed items from our volunteers. Whether that means parking lot meets, volunteers dropping at our door, or retrieving items sent to our PO Box, we're getting that done too!
Our hospitals are so pleased that we're able to continue to support them. After all, babies are still being born every day and we want as many of them as possible to go home wrapped in a warm blanket.