Area women join quilt drive

Posted: April 12, 2013

Star staff report

Quilters at the Our Savior Lutheran Church on Millwood Pike include Sandy Shorey (from left) of Shenandoah County, Eunice Brown of Warren County, Nancy Smith of Winchester, Nancy Braswell of Frederick County, Marilyn Garrett of Boyce, Joan Jason of Winchester and Rhonda Sproull of Frederick County. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Nancy Braswell of Frederick County (left) and Eunice Brown of Warren County make a quilt for Lutheran World Relief at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Millwood Pike. The quilts will be distributed worldwide to people in need.
Sharon Carlson of Winchester is among the quilters participating in the Lutheran World Relief quilting program at the Our Savior Lutheran Church on Millwood Pike.

winchester — The women of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Our Savior Lutheran Church have joined the Lutheran World Relief Quilt Campaign, which has a goal of gathering 500,000 handmade mission quilts during 2013 for distribution throughout the U.S. and around the world to those in need.

Most often recipients use their LWR quilts to shield against the cold and rain, but their versatility also makes them useful as simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on his mother’s back, according to the national organization.

While the members of Our Savior originally pledged to make a small number of quilts, which are 60 inches by 80 inches when finished, they have exceeded the goal.

Later this spring, they plan to deliver the completed quilts to the LWR/Church World Service warehouse in New Windsor, Md., for distribution to where they are most needed.

Through a simple combination of fabric and thread, the women have joined with other Christians around the world to reach out to those with the greatest needs by wrapping them in the work of their hands.