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December 28, 2012

Group hopes blankets will provide comfort

By BRIAN SMITH

In this season of giving, a local group opted to give to professionals who already give so much.

Members of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County recently gave eight quilts to the Weatherford Police Department for use in a number of situations when comforting victims who have suffered a traumatic event or crisis situation is deemed necessary.

Members of the Quilter’s Guild of Parker County work together through the “Comfort Quilts Program” to provide quilts to many service organizations such as battered women’s shelters, nursing home residents, children’s organizations, Habitat for Humanity, Homes for our Troops, Manna, Center of Hope, etc., according to a press release. Guild President Dianna Hinz said in an e-mail to the guild made 195 quilts in 2012 and gave credit to Joyce Coney for organizing the program  the past two years.

“Joyce has a deep passion for and is very committed to this facet of the Guild.  She not only coordinates the making, tracking and delivery of the quilts but also makes many herself,” Hint said.  “She has a group of ladies (a Bee) who meet twice a month to assist in sorting fabric, preparing kits to be worked on, labeling and logging in finished quilts as well as distributing them at the appropriate time.  This Bee also assures that there are projects available to be worked on during the Guild “sew-in” or anytime the members want to pick up a kit to work on.”

A large part of the Comfort Quilt program annually is providing quilts for children’s organizations including, but not limited to The Rainbow Room (CPS), Grace House, A Place for Grace and the Pythian Home. The Comfort Quilts are worked on a monthly basis by individuals, but once a year there is a Guild wide “sew in” on the regularly scheduled meeting evening rather than having a speaker and program.  The quilts will be placed in squad cars.

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