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Quilters help local seniors

Holiday crafts, gifts offer seniors in need an end-of-year boost

Margaret Hair

— In seven hours Saturday, nine members of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild hoped to design, sew, cut and finish at least 40 holiday-themed pillowcases for needy senior citizens across Routt County.

Those cases will go in handcrafted bags filled with gift certificates, which quilt guild members plan to personally deliver to local seniors in the first weeks of December.

"We really wanted to focus on our needy Routt County seniors, because there are ones that are very needy," said Marcia Spitellie, president of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild. "This just gives them a little boost at the end of the year. Some of them are on very limited incomes."

Working with donated time and donated fabric, members of the quilt guild have created holiday-themed presents and filled them with necessities or gift certificates for four years. The group switched from stockings to pillowcases this year to try something different, Spitellie said.

For Steamboat residents, the pillowcases will contain gift certificates issued by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Asso­ciation for use at Chamber member businesses. This is the guild's first year using "Chamber bucks" in the holiday gift packages. Spitellie hopes to offer each senior at least $50 in certificates through community donations.

Guild members likely will use different gift certificates for seniors living in South Routt County and Hayden, Spitellie said.

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Routt County Health and Human Services Department employees identify seniors in need throughout the county and get permission from those seniors to have their names given to the quilt guild.

The idea is an extension of a program guild member Ruth Ann Mewborn started more than 10 years ago while working with seniors at Health and Human Services.

"What I saw is they would use their money on prescriptions … instead of for Christmas. They didn't ever get anything for Christmas," Mewborn said. She decided to bring the idea to the quilt guild a few years ago while she was president. When Spitellie took over, the project continued and has given seniors a holiday boost they wouldn't get otherwise, Mewborn said.

"They're all just very appreciative to receive anything," she said.

To help

The Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild is accepting donations for its annual holiday gift project for Routt County seniors in need.

To make a monetary contribution to the project, give to the guild’s fund at Wells Fargo Bank, the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild Holiday Stocking Fund; or mail a contribution to Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild, P.O. Box 774383, Steamboat Springs, 80477. For more information about the project, call Marcia Spitellie at 846-2865.

The guild also is accepting suggestions for seniors who might be in need of help this holiday season. To make a suggestion, call Ruth Ann Mewborn at 879-0275.

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