I know I usually provide an agriculture article for the readers, but this week, I wanted to take the time to highlight a community service project I believe can make a difference in a child’s life.

Many of you know I am the mom of four extremely active great kids, so it goes without saying that I have a soft spot for children. An email recently came to me highlighting a project aimed at providing quilts for foster children in the South Central Region of Kansas.

My husband and I have considered someday becoming foster parents. Two close friends of mine were foster children, I have worked with adults who are foster parents, and I have worked directly with youth in the foster care system. So this opportunity for community service seemed ideal enough to promote in my weekly article slot.

When children come into foster care with very few possessions, it is a time of uncertainty and adjustment. It is important for a child to have a sense of stability and security. Providing them with a quilt is a way of providing them a sense of comfort and security.

Even though they will not get to meet the maker of the quilt, just knowing that someone cared enough to provide them with one of their own is almost like receiving a hug. The South Central Region of SRS goal is to provide a quilt for Christmas for each foster child within the region. To accomplish this, they need to collect approximately 800 quilts by Nov. 30 in order to get them distributed to the children in time for Christmas.

The youth range from birth to 18 years old, so they have chosen a twin size for the project (approximately 65 by 85 inches). However they will also accept any appropriate quilt donation.

The project guidelines are available at the local SRS offices, or you can contact my Extension office at 284-6930 to receive them.

I know several people have a hidden talent in quilt making, and this would be a great opportunity to share that gift with a child that could really benefit from someone’s caring.

Jonie James is Harvey County Extension agent, agriculture.