Members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church's Quilting Group adjust a display of their work at the church before it is packed up for shipment to Mauritania.

Members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church's Quilting Group adjust a display of their work at the church before it is packed up for shipment to Mauritania.

Quilts headed to North Africa on display

Mount Olive Lutheran Church's quilting group an annual contributor to humanitarian aid efforts

Locally produced quilts will soon be on their way to refugee camps in North Africa.

The Quilting Group at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in South Surrey has prepared another outstanding selection of colourful quilts – and other sewn and knitted items for humanitarian aid – and there’s still time to view a display of this year’s output at the church before it’s transported to Abbotsford on Monday and Tuesday.

That’s where the quilts and other goods will be bundled up for shipment to Mauritania, in Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s annual ‘B.C. Baling Days’.

The national organization has been helping the world’s poor and disenfranchised since 1946, through community development, refugee resettlement, emergency relief and aid shipments.

The members of the Tuesday morning group, part of the church’s Evangelical Lutheran Women organization, are contributing an impressive 120 quilts, 48 baby quilts, 68 baby layettes, 40 girls’ dresses and 240 rolls of bandages.

“It’s something we all love to do,” said group co-ordinator Jeannette Aadland. “And it makes it all the better that our work can go to help other people – each year it goes to a different country.”

The group will resume activities in September and anyone who is interested in joining, or contributing by sewing at home can call for more information at the church office, 604-536-8527.