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Sisters and Associates make blankets for women’s shelter

As part of Catholic Sisters Week, Ursuline Sisters and Associates spent March 11 and 12, 2024, making blankets to donate to an Owensboro, Ky., emergency shelter for women and children.

The volunteers made 15 blankets out of fleece. Two yards of fleece were laid on top of the other, and then the sides were cut in strips an inch wide and three inches deep. The strips were then tied together to make blankets for My Sister’s Keeper, an emergency shelter that opened in Owensboro in 2022. The goal of the shelter is to offer safety to homeless women and children and help equip them with the skills to achieve self-sufficiency.

Sister Amelia Stenger organized the blanket project utilizing Ursuline Sisters at the Motherhouse and Ursuline Associates Suzanne Reiss and Carol Hill. Catholic Sisters Week is celebrated nationally March 8-14.

“I was reading an article about Catholic Sisters Week and I noticed that many communities were doing service projects as a way of looking outward,” Sister Amelia said. “I read an article about My Sister’s Keeper and I felt it would be a good way for our Ursuline Sisters to help others who are having difficulty in their lives. A warm blanket to wrap themselves in when they come to the shelter with nothing seemed to be a way for us to be our sisters’ keeper.”

Aside from the 15 blankets, there will also be five small quilts delivered soon. Here are pictures from the blanket making in Maple Hall.

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