Haywood Community College’s Quilting Workshop day class is not just making quilts. These students are sharing the warmth, supporting the community, and making lifelong bonds. Quilts have been made for friends, family, and right now, the class just finished quilts that are benefiting Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign as well as supporting US troops stationed in Germany.

As student Debbie Riker says, “Making a quilt is an act of caring for somebody.”

What better way for these quilters to care for others than by sharing their talents while supporting the community.

When student Rikki Williams’ son underwent brain surgery, a local church gave him a prayer quilt. From this single act of kindness, Williams’ inspired her entire family to participate in the Wounded Warrior Project.

According to the Wounded Warrior website, the organization’s mission is “to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs."

Williams’ daughter is stationed in Germany. “Families can’t always be with their children,” Williams explains. “This is just a way of giving back. Soldiers lay down their life for us.”

The class will send over 20 lap quilts to soldiers who are recuperating at the hospital.

“When this was project was laid on my heart and I shared it with the quilting class, these ladies stepped up to the plate,” Williams says. “The students donated all the fabric.”

Instructor Lani Hendrix says this is not the first time her students have helped a good cause. “We have made quilts for other causes such as Project Linus. We quilt because we love it. And we learn from each other. We are like family.”

During the Share the Warmth concert on Sunday, February 12 at Haywood Community College’s Auditorium, a Confetti Quilt crafted by the class will be given away. Tickets are available for $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets are available at the HCC Foundation or the HCC Bookstore. Proceeds from these tickets will go 100 percent to Mountain Projects’ Heating Assistance Program.

“This is for a good cause and we all believe in working for good causes,” says student Barbara Watson.

For more information about purchasing a quilt ticket or for the Share the Warmth Concert, please call Erica Vaughn at 627-4522.