For the past several years, QDO has asked attendees to bring a charitable donation in addition to their regular entrance fee. A charity from the surrounding area is selected ahead of time and the word is spread through the guilds as to what items are most needed by that charity.
In the past, items have been collected for food pantries, various area ministries, and Mom's Closet. In 2013, more than 1000 pounds of food, paper products, cleaning supplies, personal products, baby needs, laundry products and much, much more was donated to Shepherd's Shelter in Bullitt County by the approximately 800 attendees at Quilters' Day Out.
In 2014, donations were collected for Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries' Individual and Family Assistance Center. Attendees donated 1356 canned goods/toiletry items and $117 in cash/checks/gift cards to help the less fortunate members of our community.
In 2015, donations were collected for Backside Ministry at Churchill Downs. Attendees brought approximately 650 boxed/canned/toiletry items, some clothing and $474 in cash and checks to help those who work behind the scenes at the Downs, and we thank them for their generosity.
In 2016, donations were collected for The Center for Women and Families. Attendees brought requested toiletry and baby items, several women made quilts and bibs for the children, and cash donations of $478 were given. Also, local quilter Mary Bauer generously provided an Opportunity Quilt for the organization, which raised an additional $850. We thank everyone who opened their hearts so generously .