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Local quilters pitch in to help tornado victims

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Nonprofit packages about 450 blankets to be distributed to those affected by Moore, Okla., twisters

By The Staff

FORT LUPTON — Ever since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Wilma Hamilton and the quilters of Kidz Quiltz have been “wrapping kids in love”with the many quilted blankets made and donated to disaster victims.
    Last week, the local nonprofit packed nearly 450 quilts headed for Moore, Okla., to victims of recent tornado.
    The all-volunteer group founded by Hamilton worked to get the quilts to the Denver office of World Vison, which will deliver and distribute them.
    While each quilt is intended to provide comfort to someone who has lost a home, personal belongings or some other major upheaval, the shipment to Oklahoma marks something of a milestone for Kidz Quiltz: Somewhere in that pack of about 450 quilts is the 5,000th quilt the group has donated to disaster victims.

    Hamilton says her goal is to eventually make and distribute 1 million quilts. With that in mind, she reminds local quilters that more volunteers are always welcome, as are donations for batting and shop costs. For info, contact Hamilton at 303-857-8600.