American Embroidery Conference
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American Embroidery Conference

Where Friends, Sewing and Crafting Meet

May 3-7, 2017
Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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Kids in Distress (KIDS)

Supporting families since 1979.


Our mission at Kids in Distress (KID) is to prevent child abuse, preserve the family, and treat children who have been abused and neglected.

Those of you that have attended any of the American Embroidery Conferences have been introduced to a wonderful charity, KIDS IN DISTRESS. This non-profit organization takes in abused, neglected and abandoned children up to the age of 12. Often these children arrive at the Foundation with nothing more than a diaper, sometimes only a towel, held gently in the arms of the Policeman or Fireman who has rescued them from all kinds of tragedies and unspeakable horrors. The people at KIDS IN DISTRESS love them, care for them and see to it that their little lives are changed for the better.

This is what the President and CEO Mark Dhooge of the organization has to say about it:

Imagination is powerful. It allows us to dream of a future, to plan for success, and to create a vision of what life could be for families in South Florida. For over 35 years, the imagination of supporters like you has helped KID realize the dream of providing better community services and improving lives.

Families of KID have the freedom to imagine a future that is safe, secure, and loving. It takes the investment of time, resources, and talent to transform imagination into improvement through many opportunities to give back; spending time as a volunteer, providing financial support, and offering a caring environment for children to grow by becoming a foster parent. It is that magical combination of imagination and investment which leads to break out services and outstanding improvement. In fact, KID operates the largest network of foster care and kinship families in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and its collective programs are consistently recognized as best practice models for human services.

A community that takes care of one another in times of need knows that investment in imagination creates hope, and hope leads to great things. With your help, KID can imagine a brighter future by investing in a better today to improve the lives of many.

On behalf of KID, thank you for imagining with us. Together we will make a difference in the lives of children and families in need!

On behalf of the KID in all of us,
Mark Dhooge, CEO
KID, Inc.

More information can be obtained at the KID website: http://kidinc.org/

At every AEC Conference, we hold raffles and give away many valuable items. With your help and the help of our vendors and supporters, we are able to do a little bit more each year than the year before.  This is all headed up by a wonderful volunteer, Ina the Ticket Lady, who mans the raffle stations tireless selling tickets for the entire event.  Ina we all appreciate your time freely given for the KIDS.

We also have a quilt program. Gifts are given for finished quilts. You may also even bring finished quilt tops to the Conference or send them to Jeannie (Jeannie Miller, 4325 SW Rivers End Way, Palm City FL 34990). In the last two years we donated a total of 250 quilts. This is hardly enough for the roughly 1200 children whom KID have in their care, nor the roughly 2000 that pass through their doors annually. But each year we have managed to put more and more quilts together. It’s always amazing how many quilts are donated by our attendees.

Our goal is to one day present them with 900-1000 quilts in one year so every child will have one. It is important for you to know that once a child is given a quilt, they OWN it.  It is theirs forever and they take it with them wherever they go. Believe me, each child knows his/her quilt.  

If you need directions for making a quilt you can click here, but the quilts do not have to be made with this pattern.  You are free to create any quilt you would like to donate. They need sizes and ages from infants to young adults.

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