'Quilts for Kids' aims to change kids' lives, give back to community

Group meets every 3rd Saturday at Grace Baptist

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A group of women comes together every third Saturday of the month to combine their love of quilting with community service.

"I get to see the children in the NICU, the babies... and some of them are there for a really long time and something that's personal like these quilts is really important," said Susan Luken, a quilter.

Non-profit "Quilts for Kids" meets once a month to make a difference in other people's lives, and members see it first-hand when they meet the families.

"There was a mom and dad there and I didn't get to offer it before they said, 'Can I have one?, can we have one?'," Luken said.

The organization not only strengthens the family bonds outside, but inside as a group as well. Pat Vevea, another quilter, loves that she's been able to take her granddaughter to meetings and to learn quilting.

"I enjoy places that I can do things  together and at the same time, they're learning," said Vevea. "At the same time, we're spending time together and we're giving back." 

"Quilts for Kids" meets every every third Saturday at Grace Baptist Church, located at 2550 Jewetta Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Their motto? "One stitch, one quilt, one child at a time."

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