WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Robyn Ward enjoys embroidery, sewing and crafts. But what she enjoys even more is gifting her creations to strangers and those in needs.
“It’s rewarding to know in your heart that you were able to come and put forth to make someone else smile today because when someone else smiles, it lights up the whole world,” Ward shared in an interview in her sewing room, which she calls her “sanctuary.”
Ward spends much of her day in her sanctuary sewing and embroidering different things for her own use and to gift.
Every Christmas, she makes origami Christmas ornaments that she hands out to children and employees at a local K&W restaurant.
“I come in with a big handle Lowes grocery bag and it’s full of the ornaments that I make,” ward said. “They’re always like ‘What’d you bring?” What’re we getting this year?’”
Recently, Ward she’s also started handcrafting embroidered angels.
“Making these angels are special because all of us have angels around us,” Ward shared emotionally.
Once the winter weather started rolling in, she decided to combine efforts with her Sunday School group to collect blankets, fleece, beach towels, and other fabric materials in addition to the spare ones she already had to turn into quilts for the homeless.
“The bike patrols and all these other people were saying the need for the homeless to have gloves, shoes, socks, anything that was of warmth, and I thought, ‘Well, I have all this material back here, and I can make quilts,’” Ward remembered.
On Wednesday, Ward visited the Winston-Salem Police Bike Patrol office and donated over 30 hand-sewn quilts to their supply for the homeless.
According to Officer Brandy Anderson, “the Blanket Campaign started in 2014 with Josh henry, our Corporal, and it’s been going on since then.”
Thanks to donations like Ward’s, Bike Patrol is able to hand out 1,500 items each year.
As soon as she got back home, she decided to start making a second batch of quilts she’s hoping to donate in the next few months.
She’s hoping the community will help her desire to bring warmth to homeless men and women during the cold winter season by donating to her GoFundMe, which she calls ‘Ward Warms One.’
The name comes from her last name, and the fact that each quilt will warm one person at a time, according to Ward.
To Ward it’s also important that the person receiving this quilt gift gets to keep it and call it their very own since, she believes, homeless people always have to give up things they are offered during their brief stay at shelters.
“If you have a quilt from Ward Warms One, it’s yours!” Ward, said. “You take it with you wherever you go, you can share it if you have to, snuggle up, wrap it around… it’s yours!”
Winston-Salem citizens can donate to the Blanket Campaign by bringing blankets, hats, gloves and socks to the Bike Patrol Office at 414 North Cherry Street, the WSPD Main Office at 725 North Cherry Street and the Winston-Salem City Hall at 101 North Main Street.
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