The PebbleCreek Quilters had to cancel their annual spring luncheon in 2020 due to COVID-19. The club elected to delay reimbursing luncheon payments in hopes that payments could be used for the Christmas luncheon instead. Unfortunately, that luncheon was also canceled. In addition, the tradition of the annual holiday luncheon included the collection of canned items for the Agua Fria Food Bank. So, with the holiday luncheon canceled, no food was collected either.
Despite making and donating so much during the year, what the community needed during this holiday season was food. While we knew that food banks appreciate food donations, financial donations enable the food bank to buy exactly what is needed to meet community needs.
In November, the club made a $500 contribution, but Christmas was coming and we knew our community was still in need of food. Where could we get more money? During a board meeting, Carole Schumacher had the idea that instead of reimbursing members for their luncheon payments, we could offer members the opportunity to donate their payment to the food bank. Tori Benz-Hillstrom then added the proceeds from her sale of extra fabric and sewing items to the effort. The bottom line was a total of $810 for the Agua Fria Food Bank.
We thank our club members for all of their donations in terms of work, materials, and cash during these extraordinary times. We also thank the PebbleCreek community for donations for masks and ticket purchases for the opportunity quilt. The donations provide funding for supplies so the club can continue to make all of the items that are donated to charity.