Quilters’ work aids Typhoon Haiyan victims

Nov 21, 2013

Church quilting groups have been around for generations. But it is at times like these, when a super-typhoon or hurricane devastates an entire nation, near or far, that their mission is made loud and clear.

Women young and old, members and non-members, neighbors and friends of Edmonds Lutheran Church gather at 10 a.m. every Tuesday to sew and tie off quilts for Lutheran World Relief and Disaster Response.

Like hundreds of other congregations around the nation, they work away, building a stockpile of quilts, which is shipped off to Lutheran World Relief's Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.

From there they might be sent to a homeless shelter in Detroit, an orphanage in Palestine, or more recently to the stricken families in the Philippines.

With the help of groups like the Edmonds Lutheran Church quilters, Lutheran World Relief was already on the ground, with a gift of $1 million to put toward relief efforts and to distribute 91,000 quilts a few days after Typhoon Haiyan struck.

"It is so rewarding knowing that our work has such purpose," said Dorothy Holman of Edmonds Lutheran Church. "We have a wonderful time every Tuesday.

“We share a sack lunch, visit, work, teach new quilters the basics of sewing and quilting, and we provide a desperately needed service.

“We've always got a hot pot of coffee and cookies or donuts, and there is enough for everyone."

If you would like to provide hands-on support to Typhoon Haiyan victims today, think about coming to Edmonds Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. this Tuesday.

This is s great opportunity for beginners to learn from quilting masters that have been quilting for decades. Everyone is welcome, all skills and abilities welcome.

For more information, call the church office at 425-744-8090.

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