A group of quilters from Grace and Mercy Lutheran Church recently boxed up 108 quilts to send to Lutheran World Relief.

The group meets for fellowship and quilting to assist with the project that provides aid to people experiencing emergencies around the world. Others are invited to help with the project.

In addition to the quilts, the group gathered supplies collected throughout the year from the congregation. The October shipment, which weighed in at 571 pounds, sent to Lutheran World Relief also included 56 kits with school supplies, 25 personal care items kits and 10 packages with baby care products.

Taking a biblical reference from the book of Matthew, the group’s motto is “Blessed be the quilters, for they shall be called Piecemakers.”

Although it’s a simple combination of fabric and thread, the quilts can reach out to people in their time of greatest need with a message of hope. In addition to shielding against the cold as warm bedding, the quilts can be useful as simple tents, floor coverings or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother’s back.

Ruth Konningrud and Dorothy Lee, who head up the effort, invites anyone who is interested to join them to work on quilts. The 2019 campaign runs from January through October. They meet each Thursday at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 191 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston.

For more information, call 541-571-9477 or visit www.graceandmercylutheran.org/programs.

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