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Church group makes quilts for those in need

Nothing says friendship quite like a giant quilt.

That’s why members of Grace Lutheran Church spend at least five hours a month knee-deep in fabric.

By early November, the Comfort Makers had amassed a total of 29 quilts for Lutheran World Relief that will be dispatched to people in need throughout the world.

In 2016, LWR delivered more than $13.3 million worth of quilts and school kits.

I think it’s a good way to give back. There’s so much poverty in the world.

Judy Bausch

“I think it’s a good way to give back. There’s so much poverty in the world,” Judy Bausch said.

Bausch is one of the Comfort Makers, a group of nine Grace Lutheran members who help make and ship the quilts.

She likes to tell the story of a woman in Africa who received a Lutheran World Relief quilt and was able to turn it into a dress for a job interview.

Quilts are usually put together with help from other members of the congregation who sew the blocks together at home and return the rest to the Comfort Makers for the final assembly.

These children, a lot of them are underprivileged, they come from war torn countries… They have nothing basically.

Judy Bausch

The long roster of volunteers even includes the visiting mother of a Penn State student.

“She picks up a kit, takes it back to Virginia, sews it and then brings it back to us,” Bausch said.

In addition to quilts, the Comfort Makers also fashion simple string backpacks filled with donated school supplies such as crayons, pencils and notebooks.

“These children, a lot of them are underprivileged, they come from war torn countries… They have nothing basically,” Bausch said.

Donations can be made at lwr.org.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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