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Coquille Valley Quilters invite you to make 'care quilts' at Quilta-Thon

(SBG)

COQUILLE, Ore. -- The Coquille Valley Quilters are inviting you to help make "Care Quilts" during their annual Quilta-Thon.

"A Care Quilt is something that we give to people, especially children, who need a little comfort," says Carol Todd with Coquille Valley Quilters Guild.

The quilters meet once a week to start work on the quilts, which community members will then finish at the event.

Organizers say no quilting experience is required.

Over the years the group has donated over 500 quilts to local organizations, including CASA of Coos County, a nonprofit that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for children in foster care.

"The quilt is an amazing icebreaker when a CASA goes to meet their child for the first time," says CASA's Greg Dalton. "When they go to the foster home, they bring a quilt, sometimes with a stuffed animal, and it's just a good way to say, 'This is who I am; this is what I do; I brought you a quilt."

Dalton believes the quilt is a way to do something to help others.

"That's very important in our community," he says, "if you can't be directly involved with one organization or the other, there are things you can do."

Whether you're a beginner or advance quilter, you're invited to patch together a little help for those in need.

The Quilta-Thon is Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Art Center on Hwy 42 in Coquille.

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