Tia Homedew is only 9 years old, but she is already learning the value of giving to others.
Homedew, a fourth-grade student at Paonia Elementary School who lives in Crawford, has been sewing since age 5 when Santa delivered her first sewing machine on Christmas day. Since then, her love for sewing has grown and grown.
Homedew is also a member of the Mt. Lamborn 4-H Club. Last summer, while working on her quilt project for the annual Delta County Fair, she discovered Quilts for Kids. The national nonprofit organization is dedicated to making quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, injury or trauma.
Tia, who has already entered multiple 4-H sewing projects in the annual Delta County Fair, went right to work making quilts. With each stitch she was perfecting her 4-H skills. Soon, she had pieced together 21 quilts. She delivered them to Hi Fashion Sewing in Grand Junction, where she met with owner Jeff Vogel and Quilts for Kids chapter organizer Stella Konya. Her quilts, along with others, will be distributed to HopeWest, the Western Slope Center for Children, and the office of Dr. Deering.
Those wishing to donate to Quilts for Kids can visit Hi Fashion at 2584 Patterson Road in Grand Junction, or call 970-256-1293.