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PRESS RELEASE: Scituate Woman Assembles her own Troop for Servicemen & Women

21 Dec

Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Contact: Katy Barrett
KB Marketing Associates, LLC
(860) 538-2633


Anne Marcin calls on friends and family to help make 100 sports-inspired quilts to donate to children with parents in the armed forces to give them comfort while loved-ones are deployed.

Scituate, MA – Registered Nurse Anne Marcin, 52, of Scituate, MA, fell in love with the art of quilting in 1980. Having grown up in Burgundy France with a mother of an avid Red Sox fan even across the “big lake”, Anne quickly carried on her mother’s love for the team. Little did Anne know that her two loves would be combined at last year’s Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon at Fenway Park.

Excited to go to one of America’s favorite ballparks with three friends to do some charitable quilting, Anne learned quickly of Wrapped Up in Sports’ mission – to make, collect, and donate professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. However that day, the organization had a specific mission in mind which was to create Red Sox inspired quilts for their Stars & Stitches Project where Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. would donate patriotic and professional sports team-inspired quilts along with matching 6″ quilted squares to US Military servicemen and women and their families. Each child would receive a quilt and their relative soldier would receive the matching 6″ quilted square to keep them connected.

Anne was inspired. She left that day and called on friends Maureen Anderson, Cyndi Meaney, along with members of the Crosstown Quilters of Weymouth, Herring Run Quilts Guild in Norwell and Coastal Quilters to help her with her own personal goal of donating a total of 100 quilts to Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. from a new troop she dubbed the “Genesis All Star Team”. Volunteers helped Anne make the quilt tops almost every other Sunday and then Maureen Anderson of Anderson Quilting, a longarm quilting business in Holbrook, MA would help complete the quilts.

After already donating 30 quilt tops in April, Anne, Cyndi, and Maureen gathered recently to hand deliver the remaining 70 finished quilts and corresponding stars last week to Kate McCullough, President and Founder of Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. “I was nearly moved to tears when they opened the car to reveal a trunk full of beautifully completed Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and New England Revolution quilts! We are so grateful for how much love went into this project and we can’t wait to give them to the children of families in our armed forces.”

“Volunteering is part of my life and I am lucky enough to be able to assist others who need it and do something I enjoy (quilting) in the process.” Anne says. When asked what her message would be to the service men and women whose children would be receiving her quilts she said, “THANK YOU!!!! That would be my message. They donate their lives for our freedom. Hours of quilting could never repay what they give us.”

Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. For more information about the organization, how to get involved, or to make a gift, please visit www.wrappedupinsports.org or contact Kate McCullough at (857) 891-1612 or kate@wrappedupinsports.org.


Cyndi Meaney of Bridgewater, MA, Maureen Anderson of Bridgewater, MA and also Anderson Quilting of Holbrook, MA along with Anne Marcin of Scituate, MA deliver the car-load of 70 beautiful hand-made sports-inspired quilts to Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. (www.wrappedupinsports.org)


PROFILE: Hospitality Homes

24 Oct

Hospitality Homes

Who are they?

Hospitality Homes provides temporary housing in volunteer host homes and other donated accommodations for families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area medical centers. Since 1983, Hospitality Homes’ unique, home-away-from-home lodging option has provided a caring response as well as relief from emotional and financial challenges for these individuals and families.

What do they do?

Every year more than 260,000 people travel to Boston seeking treatment at some of the finest medical facilities in the world. With them come families and friends who lend support through what is often an arduous time in their lives. Unfortunately, many of these loved ones cannot afford the high cost of hotels in the Boston area.

That is where Hospitality Homes helps. Founded in 1983, we place families and friends in need of a place to stay in the homes of caring people who want to help.


In 1973, Doris Jones’ 18-month old daughter, Pam, needed an experimental form of cancer treatment. Within two days, she and her two daughters were on their way to Boston. There were no hotel rooms available, so the hospital placed them in a vacant office building. They slept in cots while Pam underwent treatment. In the meantime, Doris enrolled her older daughter in school, where she met Sue Gracey.

Years later, with a room to spare, Sue remembered Doris’ ordeal and opened her home to patients’ families in need of a place to stay.

Joan Biggers, Director of Patient Representatives at an area hospital, was just as disheartened at the plight of patients’ families. Daily she saw families sleeping in nurses closets, on floors, or in cars. Joan secured funding in 1983 to begin The Hospitality Program. She led the cause with Sue and Colin Gracey as well as the Rev. Jeanne Sproat and they began to make a difference. The Hospitality Program was born out of the resolve of these four to help families find comfort and strength through the hospitality of Boston area residents.

In 2002, the Hospitality Program was named Hospitality Homes to more closely represent the mission and the spirit of the organization. We continue to help thousands of patients and their families stay well by staying close together.


Contact Hospitality Homes

PO Box 15265
Boston, MA 02215





Wrapped Up in Sports 

Wrapped Up is excited to announce Hospitality Homes as their latest partner!

PROFILE: Horizons for Homeless Children

13 Jun

Horizons for Homeless Children

Who are they?

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families. We provide homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play that all children need to learn and grow in healthy ways.

What do they do?

We help children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. We help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses. We help to stabilize families so that they can weather any crisis, and thus help to break the cycle of homelessness that too often occurs.


Horizons for Homeless Children was founded in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families.

Horizons for Homeless Children touches the lives of more than 2,200 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through Playspaces (educational and recreational spaces) in shelters and 175 children through its three Community Children’s Centers, Boston’s only comprehensive, full-time early education and childcare centers specifically for young homeless children. In addition to direct service, we advocate on behalf of young homeless children and their families with policy makers and provide training and technical assistance to related service providers.

Horizons for Homeless Children is supported primarily by charitable gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every gift helps!


Contact Horizons for Homeless Children

For General HHC information
hhcinfo [at] horizonsforhomelesschildren [dot] org

For Program information
programs [at] horizonsforhomelesschildren [dot] org


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