Quiltathon gives back to Twin Ports community

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- Needles, pins and sewing machines took up most of the Mariner Mall in Superior this afternoon, as the Douglas County Home and Community Education Club members hosted the 15th annual "Quiltathon."

However, they are not just sewing quilts for themselves, their goal is to provide quilts to children in need of comfort and warmth.

The quilts are generously distributed to Duluth and Superior family shelters, after school programs, and hospitals.

The "Quiltathon" is all volunteer based. The materials are donated by local quilt shops and chain stores, as well as donations from the community.

"For instance, we give these to Douglas County Home Health. They use them when they go into homes and have to take children out, because they are in danger. It's so nice for them to have something to cuddle with so they don't feel so bad," said Sue Hendrickson, event organizer.

The "Quiltathon" tries to get 50 quilts done in one day, but Hendrickson says they usually gather around 100 quilts by the time they donate in the fall.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.