Tia Homedew already has a solid start as a local philanthropist at the age of nine. Her passion --quilt making.
Homedew is a fourth grader at Paonia Elementary School and is a member of the 4-H program. She started sewing at an even younger age with the help of her mom and grandmother. A 4-H project of making quilts and donating them to children in Grand Junction spurred her interest in giving back.
Because Homedew's great-grandmother, Jean Clark, lived at Horizons Care Center for many years, she decided to make lap blankets for residents. Homedew made eight quilts on her own and brought them to Horizons to donate to the residents.
"They are absolutely beautiful," said Amy Bryant, memory care program director, who was present to receive the quilts from Homedew. "She even thought of the men in the facility who she made Broncos quilts for."
"Horizons is very lucky to have such thoughtful and talented family members that make up their community," said Karen Crump, admissions and marketing director. "We hope to see more of Tia's lap quilts in the future. She is truly an inspiration to others."