Every year for decades, the Wednesday Quilters at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church make hundreds of quilts. Every October, they spread them out on the pews so the congregation can admire them and help bless them. Then they pack them up and fill a truck with boxes of quilts from six other church groups — about 1,000 quilts in all — and truck them to the Lutheran World Relief distribution center in Portland. From there, the quilts will be distributed to wherever there’s need, somewhere in the world.
“It’s just a feeling of helping someone else,” says Addie Chambers, one of the quilters. “There’s love put into these quilts.”
The Wednesday Quilters made 202 quilts this year — and have made more than 300 some years. About a dozen quilts were distributed locally. Many of the quilters are not members of the congregation, but simply women (and men) who like to sew.