On Jan. 9, the Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild donated 10 hand-crafted quilts to the local Blythe PAL (Police Activities League) to be used when law enforcement have children at the station or to give to kids in need.
The organization has a long-standing history of patronage to local community causes. The Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild – which began in Blythe sometime in the 1990s – became a non-profit in 2006.
“(The Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild) meets every Tuesday to sew, from 9 (a.m. to) 3 p.m. at the Baptist Church on N. Palm St. and the last Saturday off every month, from 9 (a.m. to) 3 p.m.,” stated the Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild. “Sewing machines are provided. A business meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at noon. Everyone is welcome to attend when you wish with no quilting experience necessary.”
The group gathers weekly to work on community quilting projects.
Previously, the Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild has come together to donate to troops overseas in Afghanistan; scholarship awards to local students; quilts to Riverside County Child Protective Service (CPS); the Quilts for Kids, Inc. non-profit; and more.
“The (Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild) makes yearly opportunity quilts to raffle and the proceeds are used for local scholarships,” noted the Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild.
Margaret Bradley heads the community service project that consists of making ‘Quilts for Kids’ with the donated fabric from local people and other resources.
The organization’s 2020 board of officers are:
President: Sue Valenzuela
Vice President: Dave Rasmussen
Treasurer: Dora Lee Grundy
Secretary: Pam Lewis
Historian: Nancy Harrell
Palo Verde Valley Quilt Guild leaders Caron Almquist, Grundy, and Bradley personally delivered the donation for kids to Blythe Police Department (BPD) Police Chief Joshua Coe, Lt. K. Walnoha, Blythe PAL and officer S. Penley-Soto.