First Lutheran’s “Cover Girls” are a group of women who meet at the Geneseo Church to do quilting and other projects to help the less fortunate.

First Lutheran’s “Cover Girls” are a group of women who meet at the Geneseo Church to do quilting and other projects to help the less fortunate.

Approximately 70 quilts made by the “girls” will be dedicated at worship services at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and at both 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, Oct. 16. Some of the quilts will be displayed in the sanctuary and others will be in the Fellowship Room.

All but 10 of the quilts will be given to Lutheran World Relief, the organization that distributes the quilts to those in need around the world including the United States.

According to Cover Girl Carol Hagberg, their group shares the Lutheran World Relief Mission: “Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.”

Ten of the quilts will be given to Tim Oleffson, formerly a member at First Lutheran, who is co-founder and director of Another Child Foundation. The quilts will be given for his organization in their mission to mobilize people and resources to reach, teach, and transform at-risk individuals in Romania and in the United States, which is achieved with a partnership with Buckner Romania.

Hagberg has been a member of the Cover Girls since 2003 when she retired from the Geneseo School District. In addition to Hagberg, the group includes Carol Boyd, Marion Nelson, Carolyn Peterson, Janice Nelson, Connie Carlson and Doris Murray.

“I enjoy it,” Hagberg said. “We know the quilts are going where they are needed, they are not just sent helter skelter.”

From the Geneseo church, the quilts are taken to Minneapolis, Minn., and then distributed as needed.

The Cover Girls meet twice monthly, from 9 a.m. to about noon on the first two Wednesdays of the month at the church, and Hagberg said anyone “interested in quilting and conversation is welcome to join us.”

Most of the piecing for the 60 x 80-inch quilts is done at the homes of the quilters, and then taken to church where the quilts are filled with fleece or double knit fabric and before they are topped with fabric squares and tied.

“All materials are donated by our congregation,” Hagberg said. “The people in our congregation support our effort by donating the money to buy the fleece and we also received funds through a grant from Thrivent Financial.

It’s not just quilts the Cover Girls make at First Lutheran. They also put together personal care kits, baby care kits and school kits.

The personal care kits contain a bath size towel, bath size bar of soap, sturdy comb and metal nail clippers.

“When Lutheran World Relief distributes these kits, it’s often to people who have lost everything,” Hagberg said. “In the wake of an earthquake, or having fled from violence as their homes were overtaken, they clasp a towel from a faraway place, with a bar of soap, a toothbrush and washing up, they know they have not been forsaken by the world.

“Bringing a baby into the world can be a difficult and scary thing for a mother living in poverty,” Hagberg said, explaining the baby care kits contain items such as cotton T-shirts, gowns or sleepers, receiving blankets, cloth diapers, jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, socks, hand towel, bath-size bar of “gentle” soap, and large safety pins.

The school skits contain spiral notebooks, rulers, pencil sharpeners, blunt scissors, black or blue ball point pens and 16 or 24-count boxes of Crayola crayons.

Donations of items or money can be left at the church office and designated for the Cover Girls.

Hagberg commented that the Cover Girls also collect bar soaps that are sent to Lutheran World Relief distribution centers and they also put together fabric or sewing kits.

“We include two large pieces of material and spools of thread to help teach women in other countries to do for themselves either for their family or to learn a skill.

“Doing these things is our calling,” she said. “Different people have different callings. We feel we are doing the Lord’s work. We are directed to help the less fortunate and I believe that is what we are doing by making the quilts and kits.”