Help stitch up support for Lost N Found Youth

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Combining a hobby with causes close to his heart came naturally for David Gilleland. As a gay man outside metro Atlanta, he found a personal way to wrap homeless LGBT youth in loving warmth. You can help.

Gilleland’s beautiful handmade quilts are made with loving care. With Quilts of Support, the Cumming, Ga., resident wants to provide his creations to the teens and young adults who pass through the doors of Lost N Found Youth housing. The organization of voluteers lovingling help local LGBT teens find their way off the streets and into happy, healthy, productive lives (photo).

Adding the quilt project to vigils, parties and other projects to the LNF fundraising mix has been a labor of love months in the making, Gilleland tells Project Q.

“I have been working on this idea for the past year and it is finally coming to life,” he says. “The goal is to provide quilts to Lost-n-Found so that each LGBT youth that comes into their housing, receives a twin sized quilt that is theirs to keep.”

With a crowdfunding campaign to buy a machine that helps crank out 25 quilts a year, Gilleland hopes you see his vision and can help with pledges as low at $5. Gifts for pledges include quilts and donors’ names on every LNF quilt that goes out. And the love could spread, according to his Kickstarter page.

My long-term goal is to involve coordinators in other cities and help them establish local chapters of Quilts of Support. I will be launching a website at quiltsofsupport.com within the next couple of weeks. 

Just think, a quilt of your own and one for Atlanta’s homeless LGBT teens. If you’re in, you can click to donate and find out more.

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