Local groups donate more than 100 quilts for a good cause

by: Kevin Gaboury/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Quilters Jessie Strauch (left) and Cindy Prahl display one of the many quilts donated to local nonprofit agencies at the Prineville Senior Center on Wednesday.

After months of hard work creating warm and fuzzy works of art, the Prineville Soroptimists and Saturday Stitchers donated 120 quilts to local nonprofit agencies at a luncheon at the Prineville Senior Center on Wednesday.
   Representatives from the Soroptimists Backpack Program, Crook County Victim Assistance, Pregnancy Resource Center, Foster Parents Association, Saving Grace and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) received 20 handmade quilts each that will be given to children that their agencies help.
   "Quilts are a comfort thing for the kids," Soroptimist President Karole Stockton said, adding that the process of being removed from their homes is often very traumatic.
   "They usually get more mileage than a teddy bear," she said.
   The tradition began around eight years ago when the Saturday Stitchers realized they wanted to share their handiwork with the community, according to quilter Casey Dutchuk. With some help from the Soroptimists, of which many of the Saturday Stitchers are members, the hope became reality.
   During the luncheon, representatives from each agency spoke on the impact the donated quilts have had on the kids in their care.
   "Prineville is the only city that provides quilts for foster kids," Tami Brucker of the Foster Parents Association said. "It's a great program."
   Recently, the quilts were added to the backpacks given out by the Soroptimist Backpack Program and are donated on an as-needed basis. The backpacks also include a set of clothing, socks, underwear, pajamas and toiletry items and are given to children in the care of Crook County Victim Assistance.
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