Area churches gather world relief supplies

CORTLAND — Several  churches in the Cortland area recently gathered supplies to aid the Lutheran World Relief.

Jean Bolinger and Brian  Kovach, with Cortland Area Cares, said members and friends of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church made quilts this past year, working once a month to assemble the quilts from fabric squares cut and sewn together by other members. Sheets are used as backs, with quilt batting in the middle to ensure a lightweight but warm covering for people in need, she said.

Bolinger said volunteers from Prince of Peace, Emmanuel Luthern Church in Warren and Grace Lutheran in Hubbard gathered to assemble school kits and personal care kits to accompany the quilts on their journeys to several countries around the world.

The group also tied fleece blankets, all as a part of an annual Lutheran event called “God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday.”  Living Lord Lutheran in Howland contributed school kits making the total of 132 school kits, 78 personal care kits and four blankets that were recently sent along with 67 quilts.

Bolinger said Prince of Peace began its quilting ministry about 30 years ago, making between 60 and 100 each year.

Lutheran World Relief sends relief supplies around the world to people who have been displaced from their homes by war or natural disasters and has been doing so since the end of World War II. Last year, more than 350,000 quilts, 150,000 school kits and 140,000 personal care kits were shipped to 24 countries.

Anyone interested in contributing fabric to be cut or participating in any of the other steps in the quilt making may call Bolinger at 330-638-7672.