The Hosanna Quilters began in 1998, as a passion in the heart of Bebe Stich, who started the group with three other women. These four women would meet once a month to make their quilts. The first Blessing Of The Quilts included 25 quilts all made with donations from the church.
The group now includes over 15 volunteers from several churches and the community. There is always a need for more volunteers and many tasks besides sewing that need to be done. Everyone works together to ensure the success of the ministry. All that is needed is a willingness to serve God and serve people!
What We Do and How We Do It:
Donations come from many places and in many ways. New and used gifts of cotton fabric, sewing notions, thread and yarn are brought to the church. Monetary donations for purchasing batting, labels and other supplies also make it possible for us to carry out this work of love to our community.
After each Blessing Of The Quilts, this team of ladies and men send out their handcrafted items touching the lives of persons of all ages. Volunteers get involved in making quilts, but also crocheting afghans, hats and scarves. Adult bibs and pillowcases are also made. 500-600 items are distributed each year.
Currently, our greatest need is for new volunteers. Experience with sewing can be helpful, but is not required, since many quilts are tied.
The next greatest need is financial donations. We are grateful to have received an abundance of fabric donations, so now we need the finances to purchase batting and other supplies.
(The official hours are a guideline for attendance but are flexible.) Volunteers tailor their commitment to their needs.
Each Thursday morning the quilters gather between 9am-12pm. At 10:00 am we have a snack and a short meeting, where we conduct our business, take prayer requests and pray together. Then it’s back to work!
Some tasks are done in our weekly meetings and other tasks are completed at home. Quilters inspire and help each other to learn new skills!
Who we help:
- Emergencies and Disasters
- Heritage Manor Nursing Home
- Concerned Care Hospice
- St. Joseph’s Hospice – Covington
- St. Joseph’s Hospice – Baton Rouge
- St. Tammany Hospital Hospice
- Specialists of Louisiana Hospice
- The Hospice House – Camp Bearable Grief Camp
- St. Tammany Hospital Pediatrics
- St. Tammany Cancer Center
- Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
- Methodist Children’s Home
- Northlake Crisis Pregnancy Center
- Samaritan Center
- Seamen’s Church/ Mariners