November 21, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 47

Quilting group aids Philippines disaster

A local quilting group that sends its blankets to a charity organization found out its quilts aided those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The storm has killed thousands and displaced more than half a million people since it struck earlier this month.

Heidi Lyons is a member of The Ruth Circle, the quilting group that meets twice a month in the Lutheran church. Every year it donates more than a hundred quilts across the world to those in need.

“They’ve gone to Africa and they’ve gone to Southeast Asia,” Lyons said. “All the quilts that we sent down are going to go to the Philippines now due to the unfortunate disaster there.”

Lyons said Petersburg residents donate the materials used by the Ruth Circle.

The group donates their quilts twice a year to Lutheran World Relief, or LWR—an organization that receives quilts and other resources and distributes aid to places in need.

This fall The Ruth Circle and groups like it donated 6,555 quilts to LWR—90 of which came from Petersburg as well as nine afghan rugs.

Lyons said Alaska Marine Lines donated the shipping of the material to Seattle.

“AML has been really good to us in sending the quilts down,” Lyons said. “You know when you send 90 quilts down that’s pretty heavy.”

She added The Ruth Circle usually consists of anywhere between 6 to 13 members and anyone is welcome to join.

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