By Brentyn Young, The Belton Journal
For the past seven weeks the Blue Bird Quilters from the Belton Senior Center and Altrusa International of Temple have partnered together to produce handmade quilts, pillowcase dresses, and crochet purses for victims of abuse at McLane Children’s Hospital, Families in Crisis, and children in need in Africa. The items given to McLane Children’s Hospital will go to children who have been physically or sexually abused, while the items that go to Families in Crisis will go to both mothers and children from abusive households.
“What an awesome project this has been, not only to the local community, but to the international community,” said president of Altrusa of Temple, Beverly Luedke. Altrusa of Temple partnered with Blue Bird Quilters as a result of the work put in by Susan Cory and Sherryn Peck. Between the eight Altrusans involved on the project, over 216 hours were spent working by hand on the donations. Altrusa International is a massive volunteer organization started in 1917 with groups all over the world, one of the largest of which is in Temple.
Blue Bird Quilters has been donating quilts, pillows, and pillowcases to McLane Children’s Hospital since 2012. The Blue Bird Quilters plan on continuing to donate to McLane Children’s Hospital and Families in Crisis as partners with Altrusa of Temple. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and invite anybody interested in sewing for children in need to join them.
“We (the Forensics Department) are very grateful for the donations to the children that we serve,” said Dr. Erica Ward from the Forensics Department at McLane Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ward was at the Belton Senior Center accepting the donations.