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A community quilt group that meets at Our Savior's Lutheran Church will keep their yearly donations local

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Back row, from left: Julie McMichael and Linda Smith. Front row, Judy Blair. The Lutheran church displays a variety of beautiful quilts that are sewn by a group of individuals from a variety of churches in Prineville. On Monday mornings, a group of women who are from different churches around Prineville get together at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and assemble and tie the quilts.

Draped across the pews at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Prineville earlier this month were dozens of unique, handsewn quilts.

These beautiful quilts are sewn by a loyal group of individuals from a variety of churches in Prineville. On Monday mornings, a group of women who are from different churches around Prineville, get together at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and assemble and tie the quilts.

"Every Monday morning—even on holidays—they assemble and tie and sew the binding," commented Judy Blair, who makes quilt toppers.

Blair was quick to point out that she was one of many who made the quilt toppers, and the entire process was a group effort. Our Savior's Lutheran Church began the quilting group in 1950.

In addition to the quilts, the group also assembles personal hygiene kits and kits that contain school supplies for students. Blair, a member of the quilters at Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Prineville, indicated that last year, they sent approximately 55 quilts to Lutheran World Relief. A gentleman from her church takes the quilts and the health and school kits to Portland to ship from that destination to various locations around the world through Lutheran World Relief.

"This last year, we had 22,000 quilts that were sitting at a dock in Beirut when we had the explosion, and all those quilts were destroyed," she noted solemnly.

Blair added that they will not be shipping any quilts until spring due to the COVID-19 virus. Instead, they have chosen to distribute quilts locally.

"In the past, we have given to Rimrock Trails, the women's Redemption shelter and also the men's, and we took 60 quilts to the Holiday Partnership at the fairgrounds," she added.

Linda Smith, also a member of the group, has been doing a lot of the leg work to coordinate distribution of the quilts locally to the groups who need it most.

"I reached out to Vanessa at Family Access Network (of Crook County), and she told me what else they needed," commented Smith. "All these personal hygiene things are things she said they needed for people."

Once the items are blessed, the school kits and hygiene kits will go to Family Access Network, in addition to 12 quilts. She said that Redemption House and Rimrock Trails will also get some more this year. She said that since the Holiday Partnership may still happen in a different way, they may still be able to donate to Holiday Partnership—which usually involves local senior residents.

"It's a wonderful thing to do, and there is a lot of need in Crook County. If people have ideas, they can always reach out to us, and we will try to help in any way we can.


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