Local church blankets Ukrainians with love

When the congregation at Our Saviour Lutheran Church learned that a fellow church in Stow was organizing a relief truck to aid the war-torn refugees of Ukraine, the church mobilized its own troops within hours to help take up the cause.

The mission? To stock the truck with much-needed personal items with just three days to do it.

In addition to securing dozens of personal care items and towels, a group of skilled quilters pulled out their sewing machines to stitch, turn, tie and label more than 30 handmade baby quilts. Two days later, the quilts were collected, blessed, and packaged for delivery.

Under normal circumstances, the congregation’s quilters make and donate quilts to Akron Children’s Hospital, but this time the call to action for the people of Ukraine was a top priority, said the Rev. Scott Silcox, church pastor.

The quilters agreed.

“We are very blessed, in Hinckley, to be thousands of miles away from the war and evacuation efforts,” one quilter said as she donated a few quilts of her own to the cause. “But when those mothers see our tag on the back of the children’s quilt, it will hopefully unite them with our community and congregation with love and prayers. We are glad we could help.”