International Children Crusade

“Hands of Hope”

At the convention, Bennish spoke on the importance of caring for and protecting children and displayed Clearwater’s now world-famous “Hands of Hope” quilt, created in 1995 by Bennish and designer Martha Friedman.

The idea for her eleven square-foot quilt grew from her desire to help Pinellas County foster children by encouraging them to construct a work to honor children and provide inspiration to people of all ages and cultures.

Bennish and designer Friedman, both members of the Church of Scientology, created the quilt with the support of the Community Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology. Under their direction, 40 international artists contributed their skills to embroider and bead the tapestry.

The centerpiece of the quilt is a quote from humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard which reads: “A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.” Those who came to see the quilt were encouraged to sign the “Hands of Hope Quilt Pledge” which reads: “I pledge to create a better world for abused, abandoned and neglected children and to create a safe environment for children everywhere.”

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