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Quilters donate to help county's hungry

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“When tragedies impact children we are all affected,” Ashe Outreach Ministries Rev. Rob Brooks said. “As work continues to secure the safety of our children while at school, Ashe Outreach is wonderfully moved by the generosity and compassion of our Peacemakers Quilt Guild, who remind us that security, in the form of food is also important while our kids are out of school this summer.”




Originally published: Jun. 27, 2013
Last modified: Jun. 27, 2013

Adam Orr

Love, faith, and hope – these words define local families’ daily struggle against hunger.

They’re also the idea behind a quilt created by Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s Gillian Winterton as part of the club’s service to the children of Ashe County through Ashe Outreach Ministries.

“When tragedies impact children we are all affected,” Ashe Outreach Ministries Rev. Rob Brooks said. “As work continues to secure the safety of our children while at school, Ashe Outreach is wonderfully moved by the generosity and compassion of our Peacemakers Quilt Guild, who remind us that security, in the form of food is also important while our kids are out of school this summer.”

Moved by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December, Winterton the Guild developed the idea for the quilt at the suggestion of Jack and Laurie Barrett.  

“We wanted to support the Ashe Outreach Program by donating a quilt,” Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild Publicity Chair Vicki Duckworth said. “They will raffle it to provide funds for their Summer Backpack Program for needy kids.”

Brooks said nearly a quarter of Ashe County children are, “food insecure,” – meaning they lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life at least part of the year – higher than the national average of 14.9 percent.

To combat the problem, AOM serves more than 1,200 people per month with more than 25,000 pounds of food, including a food pantry, hot, delivered meals on weekdays, and a backpack meals program that sends groceries home weekly through schoolchildren.

“Funds raised by raffling this beautiful quilt will be used to provide Summer Backpacks delivered to the homes of students,” Brooks said, feeding more than 100 kids with health meals, fun snacks and fresh produce through Outgrow Hunger. “Your ticket donation will help pull the pieces together to end childhood hunger this summer, and just maybe this quilt will grace your home.”

A summer raffle will be held with all proceeds going to the Summer Backpack Meals program. Chances to win begin at $1 each or six tickets for $5 available at Ashe Outreach 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and fish fries each first and third Fridays of the Month.

Ashe Outreach Ministries is located at 11719 Hwy 88 W, Creston. For more information, see http://www.ashequilters.org or http://www.asheoutreach.org or call (336) 385-1314.

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