Local volunteers make quilts for refugees

Courtesy photo
From left to right are Aubree, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; Awot, refugee from Eritrea; Gabriel, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; and Sahra, refugee from Somalia.

Courtesy photo From left to right are Aubree, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; Awot, refugee from Eritrea; Gabriel, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; and Sahra, refugee from Somalia.

The Volunteer Community Quilt Project through Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church recently donated 53 handmade tied quilts to the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) for Christmas gifts to the families of more than 1,200 refugees that immigrated this year into resettlement camps in Phoenix. Two of LSS-SW AmeriCorps VISTA members and two refugees recently picked up the quilts and gave a presentation to the members of Shepherd of the Hills regarding their lives and countries. One of the refugees has a sister and brother still missing because of strife in the country.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) Refugee and Immigration Services Division is dedicated to helping refugees establish new lives in Arizona. Refugee families are supported by local Lutheran churches, which provide household goods, clothing, food and apartments to the refugees.

The Community Quilt Project will commence its making of the 2010 quilts in January.

Anyone interested in joining this group or donating fabric can call 778-9122 and leave a message.