Women's Quilting Ministry Celebrates Five Years With Donation to Shriners

Date Posted: 5/4/2011

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 Galveston Shriners Hospital for Children. This was the second and largest donation to the Shriners, with the first taking place in 2009 when the hospital received 80 quilts.

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, Temple Holt expressed, "This is unbelievable, it really is," as he took in the amazing array of color and design contained in the donated quilts.

There are 22 Shriner hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. These hospitals provide medical treatment free of charge to any child, up to the age of 18, in need. With an annual budget of over $31 million, the Galveston Hospital facility offers burn care to children through in-patient and out-patient treatment. Since the opening of the Galveston hospital in 1966, more than 19,326 children have received care and treatment.

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 Alba United Methodist Church.