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There's nothing quite like snuggling up with a hand-made quilt. It's warm, cozy and you know that someone put a lot of time and effort into it—just for you.
Now imagine you are a young child battling cancer and someone that you have never met has put hours of work into making a quilt—just for you.
Patients at St. Jude got a warm, cozy feeling when representatives of Hancock Fabrics presented them with lap quilts hand-made by enthusiasts from across the country as part of the 2004 Quilt of Dreams promotion. Hancock employees were joined by Martha Pullen and Grammy® award-winning singer and Quilt of Dreams spokesperson Amy Grant for the October 13 event.
Over 3,400 quilts were made through the program this year, which featured as its centerpiece the dreams of some of the patients at St. Jude. Hancock had also sold 37 one-of-a-kind fabric patterns inspired by the artwork of St. Jude patients. The quilts could be entered in the Quilt of Dreams contest where they were judged for originality and best use of theme. The BancorpSouth Center in Tupelo, Miss. showcased thousands of the quilts during a September public viewing. The quilts were ultimately given to St. Jude for the patients and for additional fundraising purposes.
"Seeing a little one with a quilt pulled up under the chin really strikes home about what it means to have something to hold on to," said Larry Kirk, CEO of Hancock Fabrics.
Kirk presented St. Jude a check for $1.15 million, the amount raised for St. Jude during the program. Pullen also presented a check for $31,000, money raised by the Martha Pullen Sewing Family through its Web-A-Thon, All Dolled Up for St. Jude promotion and Martha's Quilt Trail quilting classes.
Amy Grant presented St. Jude patient Matt Warren with one of the quilts he had selected as the Patient's Choice winner. During the September showcase, Grant and Warren broadcast live from the BancorpSouth Center to television stations nationwide.
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