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Quilters in Denver send hundreds of blankets to people in need

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In 2013, Lutheran World Relief sent 500,000 quilts around the world. The quilts are donated by Lutheran churches across the U.S., including one in Denver.

A group of volunteers give up their time at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver to make quilts for people in need. The quilting project is organized by the church's Mission Action Committee, but it's an informal group and non-exclusive.

Anyone -- from any community, any church, and of any age -- is invited to help put together hundreds of quilts this year.

"As one of our ladies said, we do it for those who need it. We know there's a great need around the world, especially after hurricanes, wars, refugee camps," said Elaine Dove.

Last year, quilters at St. Peter made more than 500 quilts. Most of the quilts went to Lutheran World Relief, which sends the blankets to people in need all around the world.

"As a Christian you want to express your faith in your life as well as in worship," said Dove.

There are plenty of ways to help with the quilts. Some people cut squares. Then Caryl Tjaden coordinates the cut squares into packets.

"I take them home, and try to coordinate colors. Plain squares, figured squares because we really like them to look pretty. I put them in packets. It takes 48, 11 inch squares for a quilt top," said Caryl Tjaden.

Other people then take the packets home and sew the squares together to make the quilt tops. Then they meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and after church on Sundays to tie and hem the quilts.

St. Peter Lutheran Church sends out two shipments of quilts to Lutheran World Relief: one around April and another in early November. The quilters haven't set a goal yet for the number of quilts they hope to make this year, but it will be in the hundreds again.

Even if you can't sew, you can still help.

"We need fabric, and we let everybody know whatever they want to bring us we'll gladly receive," said Elaine Dove.

The church also accepts monetary donations to purchase fabric and other supplies. During the last 20 years, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver has made more than 10,000 quilts.

For more information on the Lutheran World Relief quilt project, click here.

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