Women's Quilting Ministry Celebrates Five Years With Donation to Shriners
Five years ago, a group of ladies with a similar interest in sewing decided to form the Alba UMC Quilters. The organization started as a way for the ladies to visit and work on projects to share with home-bound individuals, care center residents, and those in hospitals. Each fall, quilts and other creations are sold during the Alba Fair with proceeds providing for the purchase of fabrics and other sewing notions required for this on-going ministry.
While the primary item created by the Quilters is indeed quilts, other items include adult bibs, lap quilts, and children's blankets. Initially, working with fabric donated by others in the church and community, the quilters put their gifts to good use with their first donation of 200 items to the Emory Green Acres Nursing Home. The nursing home recipients were grateful for such a generous gift.
In celebration of their 5th anniversary, the Alba Quilters worked diligently to amass a donation of 87 quilts and 16 pillows; and during a luncheon ceremony in April, donated them to the
Robert Eckeberger, a member of the Galveston Shriners Hospital Board of Governors, offered appreciation of the donation stating, "I thank you ladies very much, from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of the hospital." When viewing the quilts, which were placed over every free pew in the church sanctuary, Eckeberger commented, "I was overwhelmed. You ladies have done good, real good."
Representing the Sharon Shriners of Tyler, Texas,
There are 22 Shriner hospitals throughout the
Eckeberger noted of the children who will receive the donated quilts, "They kind of get attached to certain items like this," as he expressed the joy which will be found by the new owners of quilts given in love by the quilting ladies of