As Christmas draws near, an area group is giving back to the community in a unique way: through quilting.
On Wednesday, the Cozy Quilters of the Mid-Ohio Valley presented 40 quilts to the Washington County Sheriff's Office at the O'Neill Center in Marietta.
Midge Miller, Cozy Quilters founder, said she was thrilled to be giving the quilts to the sheriff's office.
AMANDA NICHOLSON The Marietta Times
Gloria Lewis, Chief Deputy Mark Warden and Ginny Guthrie prepare quilts for transport to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday at the O’Neill Center.
Chief Deputy Mark Warden said the quilts are going to be put to good use.
"We'll put them in a K-pack in our cruisers," Warden said, adding that the K-pack is a plastic evidence bag which will keep the quilts clean and dry until they're needed.
"Basically, we give them to people in car crashes, house fires when they've lost everything and domestic violence situations," Warden said. "People are in need of warmth at the time we're with them."
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About the Cozy Quilters of the Mid-Ohio Valley
The group quilted its first batch of 29 quilts for the sheriff's office last year.
Forty quilts were made this year.
Ninety-nine percent of the materials to make the quilts come from the quilters.
Donations are accepted by the group; Call the O'Neill Center at 373-3914
A quilt raffle will be held in the spring of 2014 to help raise money for the group.
Members include Midge Miller, Elaine Wallace, Julia Strahler, Barb Henthorn, Gloria Lewis, Jan Seaman, Judy Ryan, Medy Apostol, Sally Norton and Ginny Guthrie.
Miller said the group started quilting for the sheriff's office last year.
"We decided it was time for us to do something besides work on our own projects," she said. "(We have) the ability to do this for someone who's at a critical time in their lives."
"We gave 29 quilts to the sheriff's (office last year)," Miller said. "We're a small group; we were thrilled at what we accomplished."
Ninety-nine percent of the resources used to make this year's 40 quilts came from the quilters.
Nancy Matheny, activities coordinator for the O'Neill Center, said fabric donations were being collected at the center.
Miller added that if anyone wants to make a donation to the Cozy Quilters they should contact the O'Neill Center.
Quilting has been ongoing since the beginning of the year in a room the O'Neill Center provides for the Cozy Quilters, she said.
"It's a very expensive project," Miller said. "This group is very giving and we couldn't do it without all the members. We have a very dedicated group of ladies."
"(The quilts) are beautiful," Warden added. "And we can help give back to the community as well."
More than 20 cruisers will be outfitted with a quilt, which will leave plenty of extras. Warden said if the Marietta Police Department showed an interest, the sheriff's office would be more than happy to send over some of the extra quilts.
"This is the best place we could have found to place these quilts," Miller said. "It's so rewarding to know they take such good care (with the quilts)."