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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Local Quilters Making "Comfort" Blankets for Families of Newtown Victims

Written by Ashley Minelli on . Posted in Local
BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- A home-town connection inspired a Byron woman to make 27 quilts of green and white to send to the families of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Julie Love has cut thousands of squares, for dozens of quilts, and has sent them to people all over the country who need a good snuggle.
"A cup of hot chocolate, a nice warm quilt, and a good book, curled up next to the fire, it's just a warm comforting feeling," says Julie.
Julie is the founder of Comforting Quilters. The group makes personalized quilts for people who are terminally ill, cancer patients, and grieving families. Now, Julie has 27 quilts on her to do list all inspired by one little girl.
"I talked to a friend and I said you know, I want to make Emilie Parker a quilt, and I said you know, I think I want to make them all a quilt."
After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Julie found out that one of the 6-year-old victims, Emilie Parker, was from her hometown of Ogden, Utah.
Even though she doesn't know them personally, Julie is hoping a memory quilt might give the Parkers, and the other grieving families something to hold on to.
"We're hoping that they'll realize the warmth and the love that we're sending their way," says Julie.
Donations of fabric and supplies have poured in, and a photographer plans to document the entire project.
"Hopefully we'll be able to raise enough funds to give a book to each of the families on how the quilts were made," says Julie.
The blankets will be green and white with an embroidered angel. Other than those details, Julie says, each one will be unique.
"It's just a very precious thing to have to remember your children by, or your wife, or your mother."
A reminder that there's people everywhere hoping the families who lost so much on a cold day in December will one day have warmth back in their lives.
Love wants your help with the project. If you're interested in being a part of the process, you can e-mail her at comfortingquilters@gmail.com. They plan to start making the quilts on Saturday, January 19th.

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Comforting Quilters is a Non-Profit Organization that was organized to create and provide quilts to anyone need a bit of comfort. These quilts are created and delivered to Hospice patients, seriously ill patients, those who have suffered a loss or anyone who comes to our attention.

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