Quilting group sews for tots with AIDS

Volunteer Spotlight

October 01, 1995

The volunteers: A quilting group at the Arnold Senior Center has been piecing together quilts for babies with AIDS at the University of Maryland Medical Center for the past five years.

The women meet once a week for several hours to sew and deliver as many as 70 quilts a year to the hospital in Baltimore.

Anna Manns, a resident of Arnold and one of the original members of the group, said the project started when "one of our jTC quilting teachers asked us to make some."

Later, she said, a director at the center asked them to continue.

"She just asked me to get a group of women together, and we've been doing it ever since -- for a good five years," she said.

The quilting sessions are more of "a social time for us" than a class, she said.

"We enjoy one another. We're like a big happy family."

And anyone who wants to join is welcome, Mrs. Manns said.

"All of the material is donated. Sometimes money is donated. The whole center is interested, and they come by to look at them," she said.

"There's about three of us that have been doing it since the

beginning, and I think we've given the hospital about 350 quilts. I've been there almost every time we deliver them to the hospital. They're for the children to keep, it's theirs."

Sharon Poet, director at the Arnold center, said the nurses at the hospital "really do appreciate getting the quilts."

The women at the center also "enjoy getting together" to make them, she said.

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