Story by Madelyn Bafus
A tradition since 1991 at the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session is the display of United Methodist Women (UMW) Quilts for “Children at Risk” in our Conference. The result this year was a beautiful display of color, texture, shapes and most especially love and prayers for at risk children in our conference.
This year 284 quilts were received, an increase of 22 quilts. Puyallup United Methodist Church were again the top quilters bringing 65 quilts, an increase of five quilts year to year. The West Highlands UMW brought three quilts in 2017 and this year they brought 25 quilts! That is an increase of 22 quilts!! Thank you to all who brought quilts. A special thank you goes to Rev. Jo Ann Shipley who blessed these beautiful quilts.
Quilts were given out to the UMW District Presidents to be distributed to mission agencies in their areas working with women, youth, children, and babies. In that distribution 60 quilts were given to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Some other places of distribution were Tacoma Community House, Atlantic Street Center, Mary’s Place in Seattle, Vida’s Ark in Vancouver, Mount Vernon Hispanic Ministry, Nooksack Indian UMC, the Support Center in Omak and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane. This is just a few of the places that will receive these 284 quilts.
Next year the United Methodist Women are hoping to increase the number of quilts brought to Annual Conference. If you did not bring a quilt to conference this year, please consider bringing one next year. If you brought one, how about bringing two next year?
Together we can increase the number of smiles on the faces of children receiving quilts filled with love and prayers.
Madelyn Bafus serves as the Inland District President for United Methodist Women.