Nov. 21, 2005
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SRU QUILTERS STITCH FOR HURRICANE
ROCK, Pa. – “Many of them don’t have anything,
and this will give them something warm to snuggle up in,”
says Jean Wanchick, organizer of a Slippery Rock University
quilting guild working to aid Hurricane Katrina
Twelve members of SRU’s
Institute for Learning in Retirement Quilt Guild are sewing three
quilts for distribution by the American Red Cross to hurricane
victims living in the Mississippi area. Katrina struck the Gulf
Coast in August, killing an estimated 1,300, displacing thousands
and causing billions in property damage.
As winter and
the holidays approach, the on-going spectrum of suffering prompted
the local response, Wanchick says. “We know that when people
get a place to live or sleep, they’re not going to have much
else,” she said.
expect to complete the twin-size quilts with red, white and blue
squares in a week. They’re stitching “made at
Slippery Rock University” on the back.
live in Slippery Rock, Mercer, Renfrew, Butler and Sandy