The Love Quilt Project is a non-profit organization that uses the power of love to change the lives of vulnerable orphaned South African children,
many of them affected by the HIV / AIDS pandemic.
The Love Quilt Project builds relationships between caring Americans and children in South Africa. American school children create messages of love to brighten lives and help heal souls of those touched by the HIV / AIDS pandemic. These beautiful art squares are stitched together by volunteer quilters into quilts that are distributed to children in South Africa’s hardest hit communities. The Love Quilt Project teaches kindness, tolerance, and compassion. Donations help enrich lives through educational opportunities. And all who participate learn that the healing power of love can change the world.
The Love Quilt Project began in 2011 when a group of parishioners from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia traveled to South Africa to see the completion of a foster home for AIDS orphans. As gifts for the children, quilts were created and sewn. In each quilt were messages of love from the church’s Sunday School classes. “The recipients were thrilled by these gifts and their powerful messages of love,” recalls Gretchen Ginnerty, President of the Love Quilt Project. “Our partners in South Africa encouraged us to find a way to continue this mission and The Love Quilt Project was born.” A team of volunteers recruited quilters from around the US and artwork created by children from scout troops, schools and community organizations were sewn into the quilts. Six years later, hundreds of quilts with their fabric art squares have been given to AIDS orphans in South Africa, wrapping the recipients in love. The project continues to teach American school children the power of love to heal while helping raise money to support South African children’s educations.
The first annual “Love is the Common Thread” Gala held on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at the South African Embassy In Washington DC was a big success!