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Quilts bring love and care all the way to China

May 3, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

The ladies of Ripley United Church of Christ have been busy these past few months. Even with all the activities that consume their everyday lives, the women have found time to give the selfless gift of handcrafted quilts to children in need.

This time, orphanages in China will be the beneficiaries of the ladies' generosity. Since January, ten women have been sewing at a feverish pace, completing over 110 quilts in the span of just a few short months.

The idea to donate to orphanages in China came from the daughter of a Traer native. Michelle Eastman, who many Traer folks remember by her maiden name, Michelle Calderwood, has three adopted children from China. Victoria and Rachel are 13 year old twins, and Dale is her adopted son, age 9. All three came from ophanges in China in their infancy, and have been living with their mom in Kansas ever since. Victoria and Rachel were adopted from Nanchang, and Dale was born in the town of Shenyang.

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Over the past few months, the ladies of Ripley United Church of Christ have managed to put together over 110 quilts for children in need. The quilts will be shipped to China on an upcoming trip. Above, the ladies who donated their time and energy to making it all possible are (L to R): Joyce Scribner, Sarah Stock, Ruth Calderwood, Linda Ohrt, Faye Berger, Jane Knoop and Darlene Wagner. Left, the quilts adorn the pews at Ripley.

Ruth and Hugh Calderwood, members of Ripley Church, are the grandparents of the three. Ruth, with a lot of help from her friends, participated in the making of the quilts. Jaye Berger, Jane Knoop, Darlene Wagner, Pam Kremenak, Sarah Stock, Linda Ohrt, Joyce Scribner, Mary Ann Steffeny and Denise Mauderer were the others generous enough to donate their time and energy to this worthwhile project.

The quilts themselves will be undergoing quite a journey over the next few months. Ruth and Hugh will be bringing the quilts to Kansas for delivery to Michelle before the family's trip overseas later in the summer.

Along the way to Shenyang and Nachang, the family will also be visiting some of the world's most famous attractions. The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are just some of the incredible sights the family will be visiting before heading to both orphanges and distributing the quilts.

Michelle, Ruth, Hugh and the rest of the family are extremely grateful for all the support they have gotten from the ladies of Ripley and the community here in Traer.

The Traer Star-Clipper hopes to be able to provide updates as the quilts make their way across the Pacific and into the hands of children in need.



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