Augustana women quilt for Lutheran World Relief

Submitted photo Augustana Women quilters include: front row: Diane Isakson, Jan Ogren, Erma Turtle, Dorothy Peterson, Pat Ericson. Back row: Cathy Willegal, Noreen Beranek, Jan Lundgren, LaVerna Martin, Alpha Evenson. Not pictured: Kathy Kent, Barb O’Brien and Carol Forst.

GIBBON — Mission work at Augustana Lutheran in Gibbon is alive and thriving. Augustana celebrated their women working on tie quilts and other projects for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) on Sunday, April 30. The women at Augustana have been quilting for ten years and have tied over 400 quilts in those ten years.

Quilting days are held each Friday afternoon at Augustana from January through March. Along with tying 44 quilts this year, parishioners have also made 48 fleece blankets and donated 6 blankets.

LWR has been making a difference since 1945. In those 72 years US Lutherans have made and sent more than $661 million worth of quilts and kits around the world. In the past 25 years alone, that has meant an estimated 8.8 million mission quilts, 3.3 million school kits, 1.5 million baby care kits, and 2.9 million personal care kits.

On May 6, Augustana delivered these quilts and blankets, along with 23 fabric kits, 36 school kits, 27 personal care kits and 65 bars of soap to a warehouse which will then ship items to countries in need. Many of the materials for these kits were purchased by Thrivent Financial members through Thrivent Action Team funds.


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