LEESBURG – Their blankets are usually shipped off to the needy in war-torn and weather-ravaged nations, but on Thursday, ladies from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church donated their handmade “Mission Quilts” to a cause much closer to home, dropping off 10 to Lake County Fire Station 82 in Leesburg.
The quilts, designed in a range of colors and styles from Christmas-themed to leopard print, will now be entrusted to Lake County firefighters to distribute to families they may encounter while on duty.
“It’s very clear that these women dedicated a lot of time and love into making these quilts,” said Lake County Public Safety Chief John Jolliff. “We thank them for their donation and hope to pay it forward by giving these quilts to citizens in need.”
Last year, the Lutheran World Relief program made and distributed 485,931 Mission Quilts worldwide, with the women of Gloria Dei contributing 300. The ladies get together twice a month and can complete about five quilts every four hours.
“It’s such a joy to do this,” said quilter Leone Goding. “We will be back with more quilts for Lake County Fire Rescue every couple of months.”
Materials that can be used for the quilts, such as sheets, mattress pads and fabric scraps, may be donated to the church located at 130 S. Lone Oak Drive, Leesburg.