Quilts: True comforts for fire victims

April 18, 2009 8:29:36 PM PDT
No one can replace what the victims of the Coatesville arson fires have lost, but a group of local quilters has spent countless hours sewing together swatches of fabric to produce dozens of beautiful, colorful quilts for the fire victims to literally wrap themselves up in. During an emotional ceremony at Olivet Methodist Church in Coatesville, about 30 volunteers, who lovingly made the quilts, turned them over to fire victims who were clearly touched by their efforts.

"It makes me feel that people have compassion and they know everybody's going through a hard time and they're doing their best to help out," fire victim Geneva Thomas said.

The quilting project started in January when retired school teacher Bobbie Spaid watched news of yet another fire.

"Something in me said put your arms around them. It was just a feeling, but somebody had to do something very physical," Spaid said.

Bobbie recruited her friend Marcia Bishop and a group of volunteers. Along with miles of thread, bolts, and scraps of donated fabric, and some they bought themselves, they fashioned 50 beautiful quilts; a symbol, they believe, of comfort and security for those who've been robbed of theirs.

"It just makes you feel like I can't believe so many people care so much to do something like that. It's wonderful," fire victim Karen Engle said.

The quilters expected a project like this would be time-consuming and hard work.

Bobbie says that making the quilts gave them something they never expected: the joy of doing something nice for people who need it.

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