A group of four women spent three hours a week for the past several months donating time, talent and resources.
The result: nine handmade quilts for children the women at living at GracePointe Crossing’s Mill Ridge Terrace decided to donate to The Refuge Network.
Karen Bocklund, Bernetta Browen, Betty Weaver and Sandra Wichman decided before they got started that they wanted to make quilts to donate.
“We talked about different places and we thought maybe a battered women’s shelter, because they come in with so little and kids would need something to snuggle with,” Wichman said.
They chose The Refuge Network, an organization whose primary purpose is to provide supportive services for people who are currently involved or have been involved in an abusive relationship.
The Refuge Network operates the Black Dog Hill shelter, which provides safety and shelter for up to 15 women and children.
Aside from feeling good about volunteering their time, Weaver said it gave them an excuse to get together throughout the week and improve their quilting skills.
“We had a lot of fun together,” Browen said. “And I had never done quilting before, so whatever I learned, I learned from them.”
The women said they plan on continuing to make quilts to donate.
“I think mothers come in and get help and they know what’s going on, but I think children who are pulled along in domestic abuse situations sometimes have nothing to hang onto,” Wichman said.