Donation Made to Erin Kimball Foundation by the Pioneer Museum.
October 19, 2017, members of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers presented the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation with a tied quilt to be given to someone in need of comfort. The quilt is made of quilt blocks signed by visitors to the Pioneer Museum at 145 N. 100 E., St. George, during several special events held to highlight Museum artifacts. Marilyn MacLellan represented the Daughter of Utah Pioneers in making the presentation to the Director of the Erin Kimball Foundation, Madonna Melton. Marilyn also spearheaded the Charity Quilt project and has other Quilt projects that will be donated in the future.
The idea of such an effort came from the exceptional quilt currently being highlighted in the Museum. In 1899, after the St. George Relief Society members grew their own silk worms, made silk, they pieced together their silk patches to form a “Crazy Quilt” to be auctioned to raise money to help the needy in their neighborhoods. Each patch of silk was embroidered with the maker’s name. There are the names of 160 women who lived in Washington County during the late 1800s. A short history, a personal photo, as well as a photo of their “signature” has been prepared on each woman. Information on the Museum can be found at: www.dupstgeorge.org. Admission is free and the Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM except Wednesday and Sunday.
The Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation provides transitional housing for families fleeing from domestic violence and directs them towards ending the cycle. The program provides housing assistance and helps these families create a safety plan, provides life and job skills training, and refers them to many great community resources where they can gain additional assistance. The Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation relies on the generosity of volunteers and donations to support those in need. Donations can be made online: www.erinkimball.org. Questions can be answered by calling, 435-627-9232.