Members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church donated a hefty amount of quilts and school supplies to the organization Lutheran World Relief, which will distribute the donation to those in need around the world.
The group made 42 quilts and compiled 50 backpacks filled with school supplies, all donated to Lutheran World Relief, said one of the quilters, Kathy Sappingfield.
“We do this every year,” Sappingfield said. “It’s something the ladies of the church do.”
The quilting group of about six at St. Timothy’s meets once a month to tie the quilts, and at the end of the year, they send them all off. It’s a tradition that many churches follow.
This year, the St. Timothy’s group added the new twist of collecting school supplies.
“We collected supplies from the congregation and then some people donated money so we could add to that,” Sappingfield said.
Sappingfield said the group had heard that there was a need for school supplies so they decided to help out.
“There was a need,” she said. “And it was a project that we could do, so we did it.”
Volunteers helped buy the supplies and stuff the backpacks with the supplies.
“Different countries need these quilts,” Sappingfield said. “One of our people went (abroad) and saw the quilts being used for a blanket on the floor to put a baby on, and she saw a quilt hanging from a window. They are being used. We’re just dedicated to that cause.”
Lutheran World Relief will distribute the quilts wherever they’re needed — from areas facing natural disasters to areas that just have a general need.