Local guild makes quilts for civic groups, families in need

BOONE — Friendship quilts bring a smile to the face of the recipients and joy to the quilters. It’s a way for members of The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to help people and civic organizations in our community.

Last year, the guild had a quilt challenge in which members used their imagination and talents to make 30 beautiful quilts from “jelly rolls.” A special thanks goes to Susan Sweet who organized a workshop in which we spent the day cutting fabric into strips to make the “jelly rolls” and to Sheri Elderfield who showed them how to make them into quilts. During the course of the year other members made quilts on their own, which brought the guild’s total to 119.

The guild makes baby, child and lap top quilts. They are backed with fleece, which is soft and provides warmth. Lois Stewart, chairwoman of the Friendship Committee, supplies the fleece to members and collects the child and lap top quilts throughout the year. With the help of Chris Zimmer, they were distributed in December. The baby quilts are the responsibility of Marge Zeliff. They were provided to the American Red Cross, Child Protection Services, Hope Pregnancy Center, The Foley Center, Mountain Care Facilities and Glenbridge Health and Rehab.

“We try to have quilts on hand at all times so we can give them out on an emergency basis or as needed,” the guild stated.

The guild meets on first Tuesdays at 1 p.m., and its workshop is on the third Tuesday at 10 a.m., both in the Boone Senior Center. Check for announcements in the local newspaper.

Local teacher group learns about educational needs in Haiti

BOONE — The local chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of leading women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education worldwide, appreciated a program at their last meeting presented by Hardin Park teacher Kelley Wilson.

Through her church Kelley has been introduced to Real Love Academy in Haiti for students ages 3 through third grade. Haiti has no public schools, but parents there know that an education is one of the few ways to break the bonds of poverty. They pay a one-time fee for the school rather than high monthly fees. Kelley and her mission group of volunteers are just one group of many that make the school a success. She and the other volunteers soon fell in love with the gentle people of Haiti and especially the children. They provide not only love for the students but also hope to the families in the area.

The Delta Kappa Gamma members asked for ways they could help Real Love Academy. DKG members were encouraged to visit the website www.reallovehaiti.org to learn more about the vision for the future in this little corner of the world. Donations may be made online. The school also needs as many children’s books as possible, but none beyond the first grade reading level at this time. Kelley also impressed the group with her dedication to keep making mission trips to the school well into the future and she inspired others to consider that possibility as well. The next trip will be from July 7-14, 2018. Delta Kappa Gamma thanks Kelley for her inspirational visit and hopes others will be moved to learn more about this special opportunity as well.

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