A sock monkey peers over the top of a fleece blanket, rolled up and tied with a pink ribbon. Children scream with delight as they scramble for a seat playing musical chairs. Free hot dogs, coffee and cookies tempt browsing parents as they choose from the many handmade and gently used blankets, jackets and other items at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Mission’s Children’s Day. The church, located in Ash Fork, Arizona, 54 miles west of Flagstaff and 50 miles north of Prescott, is playing host to Blankets 4 Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that collects and distributes blankets, scarves and hats to needy families in the Prescott area.
The brainchild of Ron Campbell of Prescott, Blankets 4 Kids serves organizations throughout the surrounding areas, including Head Start, Women’s Shelters, Pregnancy Centers, Police and Sheriff’s Departments and local churches to name a few. Blankets, hats and scarves are collected from drop-off points throughout Prescott and Chino Valley, see http://blankets4kids.org/dropboxes.html for a complete listing.
Volunteers collect, clean and sort donations. Children’s blankets are “packaged” with a stuffed toy and other “surprises” tucked away inside. One little boy’s face lit up when he opened his hand crocheted rainbow colored blanket and pulled out a soft yellow hat and scarf, just the right size to keep him warm next winter.
How do solving mysteries and restoring vintage quilts go together? Like needles and thread! Kidding aside, when Guideposts Books puts together a series, you can bet it will be uplifting, inspirational and always interesting. Sarah Hart is a vintage quilt restoration expert, and an avid quilter herself, who tends to get tangled up in one mystery after another. In “The Price of Truth”, Sarah’s in Boston with her daughter-in-law, Maggie, an antique dealer, for an antique auction. The Maple Hill Historical Society has asked Sarah to bid on a quilt they believe was owned by one of the town’s founders. But there’s something fishy going on with the quilts at this auction. Sarah has to find out if the desired quilt is even authentic, then discover why other quilts are selling for way above their value, before it goes up for bid. Meanwhile, an elusive stranger keeps having secret meetings with the auction manager and Maggie’s best friend is having marital problems. Read on as Sarah uncovers the mysteries of the quilts, helps Maggie’s friend rethink her divorce plans and saves an auction house’s reputation.
The Price of Truth is #20 in the Patchwork Mysteries Series from Guideposts Books.