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.
In 2017, donations were collected for Hildegard House. Attendees brought requested supplies, gift cards, and cash to the total of $1,300+. We thank the attendees for giving so generously.
In 2018, donations were collected for Feed the City. Attendees were very generous donating supplies for infants and families, and nearly $1000 in cash and check donations. We thank the attendees for giving so generously.
In 2019, donations were collected for Bullitt County Humane Society. Many supplies were collected from attendees that directly supported the animals in the county shelter. This included food, blankets and toys, as well as many other items. Cash, checks, and gift cards were also received. The shelter was very happy to receive nearly $1000 in funds that would directly be used to provide veterinary service to the animals.
In 2020, donations were collected for Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Many items were donated by our attendees that were directly useful in classrooms, such as arts and crafts supplies. Other items include personal care like tissues, wipes, and sanitizer, as well as cleaning products such as bleach, etc. VIPS was so thankful for this expression of support from our quilters.
In 2021, Quilters' Day Out was unfortunately cancelled due to pandemic restrictions. Our Chosen Charity, Quilts of Valor Foundation, was carried over to our 2022 event.