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Club donates quilts to dialysis patients

Ted Culberson selects a dialysis quilt on Friday with images of deer, bear and birds. This is the 16th year the Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild members have made and donated quilts for patients at the Elkins Dialysis Center. Pictured are, from left, Zona Simmons, Phyllis Brownlee, Alberta Higgins, Joy Selders, Sharon Pauley, Joan Jackson, Kim Culberson and Ted Culberson.

ELKINS — Elkins dialysis patients were able to select a quilt from those donated on Friday to the Elkins Dialysis Center. The quilts stem from a project started by the Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild in 2000. Guild members make and donate quilts throughout the year to the patients to provide warmth and love.

Linda Coleman, who has worked for the Elkins Dialysis Center for more than 20 years, said the patients really appreciate the quilt gifts.

“The room where the patients receive dialysis is cool,” Coleman said. “With all of machines running it gets cool. Almost everyone receiving treatment covers up, and they really appreciate the quilts.”

Coleman said there are 46 patients who receive dialysis at the Elkins Dialysis Center and 16 who do home therapy.

“We provide those who receive home therapy with one of the Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild quilts, too,” Coleman said. “They have their machines at home, and the quilts are such a nice welcoming thing to do for them.”

Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild member Joan Jackson said the group has been stitching the quilts every year since 2000 to give to the Elkins Dialysis Center patients.

“They are like a teddy bear,” Jackson said. “They give them to the patients on their first visit. They really enjoy having them, and many times we get thank you notes.”

The guild donated 10 quilts in May and on Friday, they restocked the supply with eight more quilts. Those donated to the Elkins Dialysis Center are larger than the ‘lovies’ the guild makes in February.

“The ‘lovies’ are mainly lap, crib or throw size,” Joan Jackson said. “These are more toward single-bed or full-bed sized.”

This year, th Log Cabin Quilters’ Guild celebrated its 30th anniversary. The Guild meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center and is welcoming to quilters of all skill levels.

Additional information about the group is available by calling Jackson at 304-637-9543.

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