Volunteers are raising something else Tuesday, June 10: quilts.
Norma Jeane Ferguson said the preparations began at 5:30 a.m. And cleanup ended about 10:30 p.m.
As of about 2:30 p.m. 32 quilters had helped sew nearly 40 quilts -- well on the way to their goal of 61, according to guild member Michael Marsh.
Ferguson and Marilyn Martin, the guild's charity committee, said they had been overwhelmed by the generosity of quilters, not only by the time and skill they provided but the donations of quilting materials.
The quilts made and donated for the quilt-a-thon will be given to the new Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center to be used by patients being treated there, Marsh said.
The idea of providing quilts was to give the community a way to support patients struggling through a difficult time. Marsh said people often don't know what to say or what they can do to help others who are in that situation.
But a gift of a quilt is both a tangible and symbolic gesture.
"The main idea is to provide comfort for people undergoing treatment. Quilts are a symbol of love and support and comfort," he said. Giving quilts "is a way to show we love and care" for cancer suffers.
Marsh said the guild wanted to get the idea out into the community that there are ways to help in addition to making donations to help make the cancer center a reality.
Ferguson said members of the Stitch-by-Stitch quilting club in Marshall participated, as did individual quilters from around the county and from Carrollton.
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