JEFFERSON CITY — A central Missouri quilting group is sewing 50 quilts for the long-term care unit at a nearby veterans hospital.
The Missouri River Quilters Guild is sewing the twin-sized quilts for patients at Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that the club hopes to have the quilts completed by Veterans Day.
The club formed in 1987 and has grown to more than 115 members and has always boasted that one of its core missions is giving back to the community.
Sharon Clark, the guild's president, is also a volunteer at the hospital. A nurse there asked her to make twin-sized quilts for the long-term care unit.
"I thought we could do that no problem at all," Clark said. "Then she told me they would need 50 quilts."
Even though the group had never made that many quilts for one entity, they could not resist.
"Everyone wants to help veterans, especially those who are staying long-term in a hospital," said Betty Lock, chair of service projects for the guild.
"This is quite an undertaking, but something that needs to be done and it makes us feel good to be a part of it," Clark said.
To help meet the need for the large number of quilts, the guild has also turned to other quilting groups for help.
The Prairie Pine Quilt Guild of Mexico, Country Patchwork of Marshall, Unique Stitches and More of Stover, Fever Quilters of Camdenton and the Osage Hill group from Osage Beach have all volunteered to donate handmade quilts.
"It is something we enjoy doing, and something that will make other people feel better," Lock said.
The group has also donated their handiwork to the Special Learning Center and the Begin Again Backpack program through the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, to which they have donated more than 100 quilts for children.
The women in the Missouri River Quilt Guild gather monthly to work on the quilts together. Members also spend the weeks in-between piecing together the quilts at home.
"If we only could do what we got done when we could meet, then this project would never get done," Lock said.
The guild holds a quilt show every three years to help raise funds for community service projects. This year's quilt show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 6 at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City.