Monday, February 10, 2003

Good News


Quilt-A-thon recruits volunteers

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If you can sew, iron, cut a piece of fabric, make a stitch or tie a knot, the Creative Cottage Quilt Outreach project would like you to participate in its 11th Annual Quilt-A-Thon.

The event is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22 at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Ave., and the Madeira Church of Christ, 7421 Galbraith Road, both in Madeira.

The group will make quilts from prepared kits to be distributed to local shelters.

"Right now, we have about 32 sewers signed up at the Church of Christ and about 20 at St. Paul's Methodist church,'' said Bonnie Maples, volunteer coordinator." If you can sew or iron, come on out. We will teach you how to do something. We will even teach you how to thread a needle.''

The event was organized by Marie Tsacalis, owner of Creative Cottage, 6934 Miami Ave., Madeira.

"We encourage sewers, ironers, cutters of all ages and skill levels to help us provide comfort and warmth to the homeless,'' Tsacalis said.

Donations of fabric, thread and batting are welcomed and may be dropped off at Creative Cottage.

Volunteers should call 271-2028 to reserve a spot at the Quilt-A-Thon. Maples said they should also bring a sewing machine, sewing tools and extension cord if possible. Lunch will be a shared potluck.

Volunteers have been meeting weekly at Creative Cottage preparing kits and instructions for the Quilt-A-Thon.

Shelters that have received quilts are Brighton Center, Holly Hill of Northern Kentucky, First Step House, Chabad House, Ronald McDonald House, Bethany House, YWCA Shelters and St. Aloysius Orphanage of Cincinnati.

"Our goal is to make about 300 or 400 quilts,'' Maples said. "We made and distributed 333 quilts last year.''

She said they have distributed 2,700 quilts to shelters in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky .

Volunteers usually come from Scout troops, mothers and daughters, high school students doing community service from Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren and Clinton counties in Ohio;Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky.

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Staff and students at South Elementary School, Milford, have set a goal to raise $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by Valentine's Day.

They started collecting spare change Jan. 27.

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The Girls to Women Retreat is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 1 at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, 3458 Reading Road, Avondale.

Topics include: why are you so angry?, health hygiene, expressing yourself through arts and expressing yourself through your career.

The retreat is sponsored by the Forest Park chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

For information, call 956-1799.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.




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