Threads of Love
By RACHEL BRANT
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff writer
June 4, 2009 · Updated 3:24 PM
Local church supports children around the world.
More than 100 women will put their sewing, quilting and crafting skills to work tomorrow all for a good cause.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Relief Society at the Silverdale Stake is hosting Threads of Love from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 9256 Nels Nelson Road in Silverdale.
The all-women organization is the largest and oldest women’s organization in the country, according to church member Valerie Johnson.
She said Threads of Love is the Relief Society’s current humanitarian project and benefits a couple different nonprofit organizations as well as children in Ethiopia.
Johnson said people have made and are making quilts for the local chapter of Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need.
“I would say that we have probably over 30 or 40 (quilts),” she said. “On Saturday, we’ll probably know more. I’m pretty sure we have at this time in excess of 30, 40 quilts.”
The Relief Society also will collect school supplies, hats, scarves and other items for the local StandUp for Kids chapter, which helps homeless and street children.
Johnson said the Relief Society will make smocks and put together craft packets for orphans and workers at an Ethiopian orphanage as well.
“We’re taking a little orphanage under our wings,” she said.
Johnson said some quilts, smocks and craft packets are already done, but the Relief Society needs help tomorrow tying quilts, putting together more craft packets and finishing up other projects.
“We’re asking people to come and help,” she said. “There is work to do on Saturday. I think anybody who’s willing to come, we’d like to see them.”
People interested in volunteering at Threads of Love can go to the church at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
“It will be interesting when this comes together on Saturday,” Johnson said.