Darlene Preston and Jean Homer, both of Chewelah, were quilting together one day three years ago making their award winning quilts when Jean mentioned to Darlene that the Royal Family Kids Camp Committee was trying hard to think of ways to earn money to send abused children to the summer camp. The kids are treated like royalty at RFKC and go home with changed lives. The gals knew there was hardly a more deserving charity in Stevens County.
Darlene says she turned to Jean and suggested they make a quilt each year and hold a raffle, with the money going to the camp. It was quickly agreed on by the entire committee. The first year over $900 was made. The second year over $1,100. This is the third year and the ladies want to fundraise even more money for foster kids to go to camp.
Darlene made a gorgeous quilt the first year with help from Dorothy Knauss. Jean also stitched a beautiful one the second year, and now it’s back to Darlene. This year she has made a unique one that will appeal to both men and women. This lovely, earth-tone quilt, called a raggy flannel, is on display at Akers Drug where the staff is being very helpful by selling the raffle tickets. They too, understand the importance of RFKC in the lives of these foster kids.
When I was taking the picture of Darlene for the paper she asked me to make the article about the foster kids, not about her. So I ask you, Independent reader, please stop by Akers Drug and purchase some raffle tickets. You will be supporting two dozen kids get an opportunity they never imagined could happen…..and you’ll be making some Chewelah quilters very happy!
If you would like more information about the camp or would like to help in some way give Carol Nitchske a call at 935 8029.
Submitted by Linda Daniels Norris