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Quilters help out India quake victims

OREM — Lucille Remund has been quilting for years, but these quilts were different.

They were for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck India on Jan. 26. On Tuesday, half a world away, senior citizens gathered in a local church to tie quilts and get them ready for shipment.

It was the first time the assisted-living seniors came together to make quilts for a humanitarian effort and flex their community muscles.

"It's a way to educate the community on what active seniors are doing," said Terri Phillips-Gould, director of Bel Aire Assisted Living.

Most are members of a local nonprofit organization, Partners for Assisted Living Seniors, or P.A.L.S.

Retired folks from a variety of assisted living homes all pitched in to help, working through February gathering the materials with the help of college students. February is National Quilting Month, Phillips-Gould said, so the effort was fitting.

Folks from Prestige and Summerfield Manor worked with the seniors from Bel Aire to get the job done. In Spanish Fork seniors from Hearthstone Manor were planning a similar project.

"We want to bring in other seniors from around the state" to continue the quilting effort, Phillips-Gould said.

At age 91, Remund is no stranger to quilting.

"Oh, my goodness. I've made 35 or 40 quilts," she said. "But now my eyes are so bad all I can do is tie."

Tama Richards, a resident of Summerfield Manor, has made so many quilts she calls herself Mrs. Quilt. "I couldn't tell you how many I've done," she said.

"I used to make quilts like you don't know," said Evelyn Hodgkinson as she spotted a bad tie and redid it.

All Phillips-Gould had to do to bring the seniors together for the humanitarian activity was ask. Students from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College also helped, many of them gathering materials so the quilt-tying could begin.

"I was very glad to do this," Remund said. "It's a very worthy thing to do."