Having been lucky to have both parents still alive (or just about, as my dad has on-going heart problems and now has a pacemaker!), me & my younger brother never went into foster care. I know that my parents had planned for all eventualities, and if they had died when me & my little brother were younger, my mum’s brother & his wife would have taken us in. As I said this didn’t happen to us.
However, it happens to children elsewhere in the UK, for many reasons. It can be hard on siblings, as more often than not they are placed in separate foster homes, and the children lose the only family connection they have left.
Last year about 70 to 80 quilts were donated to Siblings Together by people here in the UK and overseas. The idea is that each child that goes on a ST camp is given a quilt which would remind them of happy times spent with their brother/sister, and have something they can call their own.
Last year I didn’t participate in the charity drive Lynne organised, but this year, due to having run out of space for my stash & having fabric I had brought but not used, I decided to donate 2 fat quarter bundles — mixed bag of chartuese, aqua & teal fabrics with co-ordinating solids, and Moroccan Mirage by Khristian A Howell for Anthology Fabrics. As soon as I posted the pics of the fq bundles in the flickr group pool, they were taken! There are other ways you can help — may be you have the time to make a quilt top or the time to quilt a quilt, or can donate fabric/blocks/backings for a quilt.