Marty Hammond is excellent at designing and sewing beautiful hand-crafted quilts. Her home in Foothill Ranch is bedecked with examples of her fine quilt-making. Quilting is not merely a hobby for Marty. She loves to sew and she believes it is an important way for her to give back.
The past few years have presented Marty, who just turned 80 years old, with some serious health challenges – including a protracted bout with shingles. Marty’s struggle with shingles powerfully affected the left side of her face, including her left eye. The road back has not been easy or quick. Nevertheless, Marty is a fighter and a woman of considerable faith who has determined to use her sewing skills to be a blessing to others. It is this commitment that inspired her latest project – handmade quilts for the children of families going through Orange County Rescue Mission programs.

Marty happens to be a part of the same church as OCRM CFO, Larry. Their fellowship has inspired Marty to make quilts that can be given to families participating in Rescue Mission programs. “I have to have a purpose”, Marty recently said. “I feel that giving back in this way provides me with a purpose!” This has definitely been a win-win project for both Marty and OCRM program families with small children.
Recently, Marty was able to pass around the first of these quilts she has produced during a church gathering. Her church family couldn’t be more excited about the way this door has opened as answers to prayers for Marty’s recovery has resulted in these beautiful examples of her sewing skills and love.
I am so thankful for individuals like Marty that put their skills and passions to work to serve the Least, the Last, and the Lost of their community.  Her generous and compassionate heart is a blessing to the children and families living here at the Rescue Mission.  Thank you Marty!


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