LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Home for Healing in Little Rock received donations of handmade quilts from across the United States for their guests.
Home for Healing serves as a home away from home for ICU, NICU, and cancer patients, as well as their caregivers. These quilts were given to make their stay just a little more comfortable.
This nonprofit organization has housed over 5,000 patients and caregivers from across the world and locally free of charge, saving housed guests over $500,000 since 2019.
When Kristian Trulock took over two years ago, she decided to renovate the facility with handmade artwork, bright colors, and quilts to make each stay a special one.
"We found quilts folded up in a closet, we put them on the walls and in all of the guest of our home were talking about how much these quilts meant to them - the beautiful color, the artistry of them. And so I thought well, if it's going to do that on the walls just think about that homemade love feeling wrapped around you as you sleep every single night," Trulock said.
Trulock contacted Quilt Nerd owner, JulieAnn Chavez about this project, and quilt guilds from across the country joined together to make sure these guests had a reason to smile.
"When she told me about Home for Healing, I fell instantly in love and thought we have to do this," Chavez said. "When she took me around on the tour, I'm like, they need quilts...no 'ands, ifs, or buts about it.' We're gonna get them qulits. And so that's where we are today."
The guilds donated 30 quilts, regularly priced at $500 minimum, free to those in need.
One Arkansas caregiver to a patient with Multiple Sclerosis and lung cancer shared what these quilts mean to her.
"They light up the room and they make me happy and I know they'll make her happy," said Jennifer Hawkins. "She likes bright colors."
The quilters shared that each blanket was made with care and love; some even have the love hand symbol stitched on to represent the deaf quilters guild.
"They took the time to make them by hand and to donate them is amazing. So because it takes a lot of time to do this and a lot of effort. It's amazing that these women actually do this," Hawkins said.
Home for Healing said they will continue to find ways to be a real home environment for all who enter their doors. For more information visit homeforhealing.org.