Quilters make baby blankets for underprivileged Brownsville babies

News Center 23

POSTED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 4:46pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 9:14am

It's the 15th year the Winter Haven Resort Border Quilters have been putting on this annual quilting bee they  call Baby Blankets for Brownsville Day.

Once the quilts are sewn and stitched, they are then donated to various local agencies, including hospitals, women's groups, pregnancy centers and homeless shelters.

"It just gives you a really good feeling to be able to do something for people that are in need," said Winter Haven Resort Border Quilters leader Terry Davis. "And believe me, there are people in need."

"For some, as the nurses tell us, this baby quilt may be the nicest thing that baby has and they may not have another blanket to go home in so as cold as the winter's been, we've made a lot of them," said quilter Peggy Salinas.

Today's turnout was better than ever before. More than 110 women showed up to participate in quilting for the charity project, which may have helped with something else.

Not only did a record number of people turn out for the event, but another record was also broken today.

This year, more than 260 quilts and blankets were made, beating the record for the last two years...which may come as a surprise to some, because most of these women are amateurs.

"Not all these ladies are quilters," said Davis. "Only about thirty of them are my regular quilting group. The rest just come in for a day of fun and chitchat with their neighbors and friends."

"It's a favorite event of the whole year," said Salinas.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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