DGKN ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ROBERT McCUNE
Comforters are stacked up in January 2020 at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron during MCC’s Great Winter Warm-up.
DGKN staff report
KIDRON Individuals and groups from northeast Ohio will gather April 22-23 for a hands-on project to bring warmth and comfort to people they will likely never meet.
Anyone is welcome to join the Ohio MCC Comforter Bash 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 22 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Recreational Building at the back of Kidron Community Park, 4434 Kidron Road, according to a news release from Jennifer Steiner, communications coordinator, MCC Great Lakes. No experience is necessary. All supplies and instruction will be provided. Food will be available by donation throughout the days.
Participants will work together to combine handmade comforter tops, warm batting and sturdy backing fabric into warm, durable and beautiful comforters. The squares of fabric that make up the comforter tops have already been sewn together, so volunteers will primarily knot the layers together.
The organizers have a goal of making 150 comforters over the two-day event. Each handmade comforter is unique and provides not only warmth but also a tangible message to people that their needs are not forgotten.
Sarah Doerksen, MCC Great Lakes Ohio Material Resources Coordinator, has been working with a local committee to plan the event. She says that making someone a handmade comforter may seem like a small thing, but the impact is actually priceless.
“By knotting and sewing comforters you are having a big effect on others,” Doerksen said in the release. “You are reminding them that they are humans, and that other humans care about them. Those same types of feelings don’t come as easily from a store-bought blanket.”