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Love through Quilts

By: Anna Wilson

Due to Valentine's Day being this month, Rayola is thinking a lot about love and how we show love to others! Our quilts are like a warm hug, reminding youth in Foster care that they are important and someone cares about them. Completely sewn and delivered by volunteers, we are blessed to have so much support in helping the lives of those in need in comfort.

This month, we were touched by an article showing another act of love. In Kentucky, a severe flood devasted the community of Breathitt County. An elderly woman named Gilla Ann Noble Patton Miller died as the waters flooded her home. However, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints showed up to the scene to participate in the cleanup process. Tim and Ruth Ann Baxter were divinely impressed to open bins containing many quilts that belonged to Miller. Although the quilts were covered in mold, the Baxter's went through the painstaking process of sanitizing and restoring the quilts. They were able to deliver the precious quilts to Miller's funeral, where her family was able to embrace them and cherish the memory of their grandmother's life.

Speaking on the experience, Ruth Ann Baxter says; "I think the biggest thing for me is that even in the middle of just horrific devastation and sorrow, God is present and comfort can come to those who are in need of comfort.”

We agree that our quilts have the capacity to comfort those who are in need of comfort, and we are so excited to do more work for the Foster kids we love so much! If you are considering ways to serve and love others this month, please reach out about ways you can get involved at Rayola!

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