PRESS RELEASE: 11 Year old girl suprises quilters at Fenway Park

23 Mar

March 23, 2011
Jessica Caldwell donated beautiful baseball-inspired quilt to be given to a child supported by the Home Base Program

Boston, MA – The sound of sewing machines filled the air of an empty Fenway Park on Sunday as volunteers worked tirelessly for seven hours producing quilts at the 2011 Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon. The quiltathon, put on by Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. – an organization dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need – was designed to create as many baseball-inspired charity quilts for the children of families supported by the MGH Home Base Program. After an exciting but long day, volunteers got the extra boost they needed in the seventh hour from an 11 year old girl who came running through the doors with a quilt she had made in her fifth grade sewing class.

Completely impressed by her skills, the volunteers took a break to admire the craftsmanship and artistry of the baseball-themed quilt. Jessica Caldwell, 11, of Quincy, MA had heard about the event from her fifth grade sewing teacher and wanted to create the quilt for her sewing project.

“What a perfect way to end the day!” says Kate McCullough, Founder and Executive Director of Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc., “To know that a young girl understands what we are trying to accomplish with our organization, and wants to contribute is heartwarming. A child whose family has been affected greatly by the Iraq or Afghanistan war, will know that it was made by another child with love – we could not ask for more!”

More than 55 beautifully designed quilts tops were made at the second annual event, 40 more than last year’s quiltathon. More than 30 sewers showed up to attend the day filled with quilt making, prizes, lunch, and a visit from the beloved Wally the Green Monster – who even got behind a sewing machine! All quilts made at the quiltathon will be donated to children of families supported by the Home Base Program, a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that provides clinical care to veterans experiencing combat or deployment-related stress, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as clinical care and support for families of veterans. “”We are delighted to receive these beautiful quilts on behalf of the families who serve all of us. The Home Base Program is extremely grateful to all the quilters who generously shared their time and talent in service of our veterans and their families,” said Paula Rauch, MD Director of the Home Base Family Team.

The 2011 Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon is a perfect example of the good that can be achieved when people come together with a desire to help others less fortunate.

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