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Members of the Sugar Land Senior Center quilt for a cause

The Quilting Group at the Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston includes (Back Row, L-R): Cheryl DiCamillo, Barbara Patterson, Connie Guyton, Pushpa Damle, Cheri Love (Front Row) Jyoti Shah and Shirley Gargiulo.

The quilting group at the Sugar Land Senior Center gathers together every Tuesday to transform donated fabrics into patchwork quilts for the charitable organization Quilts for Kids.

The charity donates handmade comfort quilts to children in need. The organization focuses on children with cancer, life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. Due to certain health risks, hospitals do not allow children to have stuffed animals as comfort objects. However, quilts are a comforting and more sanitary alternative.

“Through Quilts for Kids, we are able to challenge our creativeness, while providing quilts that comfort children,” said Sugar Land resident Cheryl DiCamillo, one of the first members of the Sugar Land Senior Center quilting group.

“We’ve donated to the Shriner’s Hospital, and we actually got to personally deliver the quilts,” said DiCamillo.

Since most quilters do not get the opportunity to meet the recipients face to face, it was a rare and emotional moment for the quilting group to see the thankful smiles of the children at the Shiners Hospital.

The group made donations to families affected by the Bastrop wildfires and is currently working on quilts for the children at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Members also found a need for comfort quilts at local nursing homes for seniors who do not receive many visitors.

Fabric donations are always needed and can be made at the T.E. Harman Center at 226 Matlage Way. The quilting group welcomes anyone who would like to learn to quilt and be a part of the Quilts for Kids program.

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