Quilts for tornado victims

Fifty handmade quilts were delivered to Washington, Ill., by Davenport’s St. Ambrose University staff member Jean Hess on Nov. 23. St. Ambrose Staff Assembly member Yvette Work loads a homemade East Central Iowa Project Linus blanket into a van.

By Jane Kettering
DAVENPORT — Fifty handmade quilts were delivered to tornado-stricken Washington, Ill., by St. Ambrose University staff member Jean Hess on Nov. 23.
Hess packed 50 homemade quilts into her van, helped by Project Linus East Central Iowa Chapter president Karen Brix, and several members of the St. Ambrose staff assembly. Hess and her husband, Rick, delivered the quilts.
In October, members of St. Ambrose’s staff assembly cut fabric and assembled quilt kits. Little did they know that many of those kits would be used by Hess and other Project Linus members to create comforting and warm reminders of care and hope for children of Washington residents, many of whom have lost everything.
Project Linus offers blankets to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need, according to the website.

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