COLORADO SPRINGS — Kids who are sick and staying in hospitals or kids in a shelter may be going through a tough time. However, a local organization called Quilts For Kids was recently founded, and is hoping to bring a smile to those kid's faces.
Kristin Alexander and her mother, Bonnie Alexander, brought the effort Colorado Springs. Quilts for Kids is a national non-profit organization that brings the community together to sew quilts and donate them to children in need.
Since starting the local chapter, the Alexander's are turning fabric into works of art, with kid-friendly characters like the minions, Peppa Pig and other colorful, fun designs. The two have made and collected nearly 40 quilts to donate to kids who are staying in the hospital or in shelters.
"So they have a little bit of comfort, security blanket, and also it's something that they can take home so after they recover and leave the hospital, that is theirs to keep," said Kristin. "Having something that I get to create and pass along to them and provide that comfort, something that's theirs, it just means a lot to me," said Kristin.
The Alexander's say it takes a weekend or two to make the quilts, but the comfort and cheer they'll bring to kid's faces lasts much longer.
"They're colorful and bright, and hopefully it lifts their spirits now and throughout the rest of the year," said Kristin.
"It gives us great joy because we know we're helping a child to feel better to maybe have a little bit more courage," said Bonnie. "It's really uplifting to us and gives us a sense of purpose.
The mother-daughter duo hope to donate the quilts to kids in the upcoming weeks, which is their way of spreading some holiday cheer.
Quilts for Kids Colorado Springs is accepting donated quilts.
For more information about the local chapter, visit their FaceBook page by clicking here.
For more information about Quilts for Kids, the national organization, click here.