In 2007, a member of the
congregation, Rose Larsen, was approached by her friend,
June Colburn, a professional quilter, with an intriguing
request. June had a friend who wanted to bring handmade
quilts to orphans because of HIV/Aids in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. June had a contact with a company that made
regular humanitarian trips to Ethiopia. Perhaps members
of the congregation would like to do a bit of sewing,
and perhaps donate fabric and batting to complete some
A group of enthusiastic women met for what was supposed
to be a one-time event. It was such fun that the
attendees decided to meet again in a few weeks. In no
time, we were meeting weekly in the church social hall,
and that group continues to this day.
Donations of fabric, sewing supplies, and partially
finished quilts are welcomed. These donations often come
with stories about women who have a larger fabric stash
then they will ever get to, have been moved to assisted
living, or have died. Our using these supplies and
completing unfinished projects honors the work of our
foremothers, and extends their talents to people in need
– homeless children or veterans from Afghanistan or
Iraq, families in crisis or nursing home residents.
Our group now gives to local individuals and charities
in Pinellas and Pasco counties, along with national and
international organizations. A large donation of yarn
brought out the knitters in our group, so we also make
children’s sweaters and shawls for nursing home
Recipients of our donations include families in crisis,
students in elementary schools, emergency housing for
the homeless of all ages, social service agencies and
nursing home residents. We also give some quilts as
fundraisers for local organizations.
This is a self-sustaining group within the church.
Expenses such as batting and sewing supplies, postage
and shipping costs, are covered by the sale of a few of
For additional information, contact Kathy Stevens,
727-784-5919, or firstname.lastname@example.org.