Fairview’s Comforter Blitz to make blankets for those in need

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On Mar. 7, the Mennonite Church in Fairview will be hosting the Comforter Blitz, a gathering where community members can tie-off comforters for those in need. 

A nationwide event was held Jan. 18 and the goal was 6,500 comforters from participating churches. The event produced over 9,500 blankets, greatly exceeding the goal.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Mennonite Central Community, a faith-based organization group that provides relief efforts around the world including providing water to victims of hurricanes and earthquakes.

Last year the MCC provided 53,000 blankets to people in need throughout the world.

According to Laurie Diller, executive director of Love INC, an Oscoda County charity organization, the blankets made are comforters, not quilts. Comforters are heavier and the layers are tied together in different places to prevent the filling layer, or batting, from slipping. They require less time to make than quilts.

“We wanted to do something for February which is love month,” Diller said. “Feb. 7th they gave away blankets that they handed out to anyone who wanted them. There is also Coats for Kids, a program that provides coats for area children,  financial assistance for residents who need help with heating bills and free soup suppers,” Diller said. 

 

Diller said there will be a free lunch the day of the Comforter Blitz from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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