Coquille Helps Hurting Children

Several Coquille (Ore.) Church volunteers are finding a way to bring joy and security to children in Coos County who have been removed from their homes because of domestic violence or meth-related circumstances. According to Linda Hoover, volunteer, they have been placed in foster homes, and some have lost everything—their home, parents, even clothes, toys and personal items. "We want these kids to have something uniquely theirs. We want them to know someone cares for them so we're making quilts, pillows and duffel bags, which can be taken with them, even if they are moved to several foster homes," Hoover says.

These volunteers meet often to make items. Deea Hoover, volunteer, brings her two children, Kyle and Melissa, 11 and 13 years old, to help too. Kyle is finishing his second quilt. Melissa made one and now crochets little vests for small teddy bears, which are also included in the duffel bags.

Fernamae Ross, volunteer, makes duffel bags with a pocket on the front to hold grooming items.

Other volunteers make quilts or collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, coloring books and other personal items for children. Some women take inventory of donated items and label boxes and cupboards.

Sherry Healey, volunteer, says, "I see this project not only as a ministry to our community, but as a blessing to our church family."

May 01, 2009 / Oregon Conference