Sandy nonprofit donates community quilt to city
Throughout the summer volunteers with Sandy's Helping Hands have been hard at work creating a quilt they hoped would "further (their) mission of neighbors helping neighbors."
For months Sandy's Helping Hands founder Machel Heldstab and her fellow volunteers visited schools in the area, including Oregon Trail Academy, Sandy High, Cedar Ridge Middle and Firwood Elementary, and made fabric cutouts of children's and other community members hands, which were then sewn onto a quilt. Marie's Embroidery in Gresham sewed the quilt together.
Now, that quilt hangs in city council chambers at City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd. Heldstab, with the help of MacKensey Pulliam and other group board members presented the quilt as a donation for the city and its neighbors to Sandy City Council on Monday, Nov. 4.
The quilt will travel and be on display around the Oregon Trail School District after it's big reveal at City Hall.
"A quote that's always spoken to me is, 'You have two hands. One to help yourself and one for helping others,'" Heldstab said. "I'm always on the hunt for something to bring our community together. I thought this quilt would be so wonderful to represent Sandy's Helping Hands."
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