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York Baptists stay ‘sew’ busy helping otherscomment (0)

May 1, 2008

Members of York Baptist Church in Bigbee Baptist Association recently brought a touch of warmth to Comfort Care Hospice and Helping Hands of Alabama, both based in nearby Demopolis, by making and donating 30 lap quilts.

One of the busy seamstresses, Delma Wilkinson, wife of Pastor David Wilkinson, said the project began when members of the church’s Women on Mission group came up with the idea of making quilts for another health-care agency closer to home. Wilkinson’s Fidelis Sunday School Class also pitched in. After finishing the quilts, the women learned the initial agency had gone out of business, but they easily found alternative homes for their handiwork — and more to do. The quilters have now undertaken the enormous task of providing Helping Hands with an additional 130 lap quilts made of Christmas fabric by this coming December.

Wilkinson said material has already been donated and starting this month, the group is going to get together about twice a month to work with the ones who can’t sew, letting them cut and pin.

In addition to the lap quilts, the group has made a number of baby quilts, two full-size quilts for families of fallen soldiers and baby caps that were distributed by church members during a recent missions trip to Honduras. "(Our group) will start a project, and sometimes the whole church joins in," Wilkinson said. "We never have any trouble getting the help we need. We’re a small church but we like doing big things. And we get excited about helping others."

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