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Nā Lima Aloha was established in July 2004 as a community service to support various organizations and agencies throughout Oahu and to support relief operations in other areas as well. Through the donations of smaller-sized quilts, we share our aloha with displaced, needy, or critically ill children and adults. Organizations we have contributed to in the past include various senior citizen convalescent homes, the Veterans Administration Center for the Aging, hospitals, abuse shelters, and foster care facilities. In the past year we have donated over 300 items throughout the island. Fabric donations are always welcome, so please contact our coordinator if you’d like to contribute!

Click here for Nā Lima Aloha guidelines, information on how you can contribute, and more. For area coordinator contact information, contact our Nā Lima Aloha Coordinator here.

If you’re looking for a project close to home here in Hawaii that offers support to our wounded military, please consider helping to brighten the life (and barracks room) of a Marine or sailor in the Wounded Warrior Company at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay. Through the outreach of several of our guild members, we continue to contribute to this worthy cause. While our greatest wish is that there would be no more wounded, unfortunately we know there will be more in the months ahead. If you’re interested in getting involved in this project, here are some basic guidelines:

  • Quilts should be approximately 70” x 90” (twin size), so that they will fit over the side of the bed and partially cover the bed frame.  
  • There are no pattern, fabric design, or color restrictions, though 100% cotton is preferred.  
  • Please label the quilt with your name and date; if you’d like to write a message of support on the label, that would be great!

Completed quilts can be mailed directly to the Wounded Warrior Company Hawaii, ATTN: LtCol Greg Price, Bldg 7046, MCBH Kaneohe, HI 96863.
LtCol Price can also be contacted at 808-257-8578, or email gregory.price@usmc.mil.
If you’re not sure you can tackle a twin-size quilt, please consider a wall hanging for the rooms or a lap blanket for a wounded married Marine or sailor recovering at home.
For more information on this project, please contact Mary Forde at usnusmcmom@yahoo.com or our guild webmaster.

Home of the Brave is a nationwide grassroots effort to honor the families of military service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Their goal is to provide a homemade quilt (based on a Civil War pattern) to the family of every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not a political statement about the war, but a way for quilters to honor the memory and sacrifice of our fallen heroes. The quilts are made for specific, identified individuals and are personalized with an embroidered label with the service member’s name, date, and place of death.

Currently there are 31 casualties from GWOT who have been identified as residents of Hawaii, spread across Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Individuals can help by donating time to sew, donating fabric (quilting quality fabrics in Civil War Reproduction colors or other subdued colors) or batting, or donating funds to help with professional quilting. We traditionally meet at the Pacific Air Museum on federal holidays to sew and invite the public to sign messages of support for the families. For additional information, please visit the website for the Hawaii Chapter at www.homeofthebravequiltshawaii.org, or check the newslink at http://www.khnl.com/global/story.asp?s=10660201

The numbers of wounded from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to grow, and quilts do so much to show support of our military men and women, and provide comfort to them during their often long recoveries. The program coordinator is looking for quilters to piece tops together and longarm quilters to participate in this very worthwhile effort. If interested, please visit www.qovf.org for more info.

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Operation Kid Comfort program is designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel suffer during a parent’s absence from home. Operation Kid Comfort serves children of deployed Service members. ASYMCA volunteers collect photographs from military families to make “photo-transfer” quilts (for children 6 years old and under; pillows for those over 6) that bear the images of the deployed family member, alone or interacting with the family. The quilt or pillow is then given to the child to play with, sleep with or use to comfort him or her from the grief of missing his or her deployed parent.
Over 3000 quilts/pillows have been lovingly created by scores of volunteers around the country. However, due to the publicity of the program, requests for quilts are coming in from around the country—especially from the Reserve/Guard community—much faster than the quilts can be produced. Many more volunteers are needed! The ASYMCA National Headquartersand the local Pearl Harbor ASYMCA have developed a “kit” that contains everything needed to produce a quilt/pillow. Operation Kid Comfort Workshops are held in Honolulu on the third Tuesday of each month; fabric, batting and the family photos are provided to volunteer sewers free of charge. If you’re interested in participating in this project, please contact Operation Kid Comfort Liaison, Ellen Huntley at ellenhuntley@gmail.com, or Tracy Kamemoto, Armed Services YMCA Outreach Director-Pearl Harbor, 1057 North Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818. (808) 473-3398. pearlharbor@asymcahi.org . If you know of a deployed military parent with children here at home, please inform the family about this wonderful project. All that is needed is a filled out request form and nine digital family pictures e mailed to the Pearl Harbor ASYMCA.

Stephen Quilt

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