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The Fox Cities Lights of Hope

September 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

September is National Recovery Month. Lori Berncich and her daughter, Nicole Krueger, and Bev Kelley-Miller are hosting the Fox Cities Lights of Hope on Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m. in City Park, Appleton. If you plan on attending, please search FB and ask to join the Fox Cities Lights of Hope.

Making a Quilt for Lights of Hope Event

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Last year I was asked to speak at the Lights of Hope held in City Park on September 13 because I had lost my daughter, Megan Kelley, 22, to a heroin overdose on April 14, 2015.

I am thinking ahead to this year’s Lights of Hope on Sunday, September 11. I just saw that last year Jessica Ward sewed together quilt squares for the Fed Up Rally in Washington DC and she is doing this again this year–see the picture. This inspires me to create a similar quilt for families in the Fox Cities. The stigmas of addiction run so deep and lately there have been so many overdoses in our local area. We need to bring this issue to the light so people can receive treatment…and to greatly reduce the overdose deaths.

What I am envisioning is to have families submit a quilt square…see the instructions below…so that we can display the quilt during the Lights of Hope event. Afterwards, I’d like to donate the quilt to one of the local museums so that it continue to be displayed to bring awareness to the impact addiction has made on local families. In this way we can Share without Shame to honor our loved ones and to bring a face to the national epidemic, where 129 people a day die across the U.S. from a drug overdose.

I’m hoping to get coverage too from The Post-Crescent to bring awareness to how many families are truly impacted by addiction, loss through death as a result of addiction and hope because recovery is really possible.

I need your help to make this a beautiful quilt. The quilt squares will be 5 x 5 squares. There will be a ¼” all the way around to allow for seams. You are free to design your own square in honor of your family member, a friend or for yourself. I checked and Hobby Lobby sells iron on transfer paper (7 sheets) for $10 (light colored fabric), with a 40% coupon it brings the cost down to $6. Actually I picked up a package today for dark fabrics–there were five, 8″ x 11″ transfers for $12.99–with the discount it brought it down to around $8. So if someone doesn’t have a printer and wants to create a picture of their loved one, let me know.

A BIG thank you to Marjean Nygren Bricco who offered to help put the quilt together!

The background colors will be:

RED for those who are in active addiction
WHITE for those in recovery
GRAY for those who are incarcerated
BLACK for those who lost their lives to addiction

Following the lead of Jessica Ward, I’m asking you to follow these directions:

The squares MUST be all the same size! Materials used must be 100% cotton. You may use washable fabric paint or markers, iron on’s photo transfers are acceptable. Absolutely NO puffy paint, NO glitter, and NO stickers. Anything on the 5 x 5 squares must be kept within 1/4 inch from edges to allow for seams! If these directions are not followed, the squares will not be used in the project so it is very important. Remaking squares gets expensive.

Please ask any questions you have and I will be happy to help you with an answer! I want everyone to be able to participate so if you need help please let me know. I will do my best to help you with whatever you need.

Feel free to send your loved one’s story along with the quilt square. Your squares should be sent to me by no later than August 15, 2016 to:

Bev Kelley-Miller
W728 River Bend Drive
Kaukauna, WI 54130

Thank you in advance for participating in this project! I am looking forward to hearing your stories and bringing honor to our loved ones suffering from a substance use disorder and to those who are forever in our hearts!

Details

Date:
September 11, 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

City Park
500 E Franklin St, Appleton, WI 54911
Appleton , United States
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