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Quilters join together to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. - In an amazing display of friendship and support, the people of Rushford and Fillmore County are raising funds for Habitat for Humanity in a very unique way. Funds from this project will help with the completion of the Habitat for Humanity twin home in Rushford. When it is complete, it will provide two homes for ten people. Each of the two families will receive one of the hand quilted gifts that will serve to remind them of the hundreds of people who have shown their support for this project.

Community members are being asked to sign a quilt square and make a donation to Habitat to help construct the homes in Rushford. Signatures will be embroidered onto the squares and then made into quilts which will be given to each family at the time of the dedication of their home. Besides raising much needed money, the quilts will be symbols to the families of the involvement, care and support of their communities.

The first quilt will be presented to Chad and Annie Bybee and their children -- Lenora, Robert, and Uriah at the dedication of their home in mid December.

The second quilt will go to the Nick Corcoran/Danielle Dailey family sometime in the spring of 2011 after the second side of the duplex is completed. The couple also has three children - Brennan, Dominick, and Destiny.

Martha Larson explained, "Some people are going to give $1, some might give $100 like the check I got today. We don't care how much people give; we just want to make people from our communities feel like they have been involved in the process of supporting these two families."

Many members of area communities have come forward with donations of fabrics and embroidery thread for the quilts as well as donations of many hours of time cutting, piecing and embroidering squares and collecting cash contributions for the project. The assembly of the quilt and the actual quilting are still to come. Geri Schlueter has been the primary organizer for the construction of the quilt. Gail Hoiness came up with the original idea and she continues to handle the details of managing the project. Representatives of many churches in the area have been extensively involved in the process. Next steps will be to assemble the quilts, and then have a "traveling quilts" blitz schedule where we go around the area at set dates and times to gather many more signatures from individuals as well as groups in the communities, then the final embroidery and finally quilting.

Persons interested in the quilting venture may call Larson 507-875-2300 or Gayle Hoiness 507-864-2537. Help is sought from both individuals and groups.

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