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Area residents are accustomed to American Red Cross Blood Drives during after work and evening hours, or on weekend and weekday mornings and afternoons. But the Crazy Quilters of Sunbury United Methodist Church have added a new twist to their blood drive effort. The Crazy Quilters are hosting a Sunday morning ARC Blood Drive from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at SUMC on Sunday, January 5.

Crazy Quilter Karen Gulley said blood donors do not have to attend Sunbury UMC; that folks may worship wherever they usually worship. On their way home from church they can stop at Sunbury United Methodist Church at 100 West Cherry Street in Sunbury, take advantage of easy access and spacious parking, step inside and donate a pint, then be on the way home or to Sunday brunch or lunch at area restaurants.

“The blood drive will be sponsored by the Crazy Quilters,” Gulley said. “But blood donors are asked to call 800-Red-Cross or go online to < redcrossblood.org > to make an appointment.”

Gulley said when using the online scheduler to use the sponsor code: SunburyUMC.

While preregistration is not mandatory – walk-in donors are always welcome at ARC Blood Drives – Gulley said preregistration by phone or online helps staff and volunteers prepare for donors.

The Crazy Quilters of Sunbury United Methodist Church was founded at Condit Presbyterian Church and known then as the Condit Crazy Quilters. Now at Sunbury United Methodist Church, the Crazy Quilters meet from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Mondays.

They’ve made quilts for many organizations, including Big Walnut Friends Who Share, Worthington Children’s Home, Flat Rock Children’s Home, Quilts of Valor for Ohio’s Fallen Heroes and quilts to be raffled to support mission groups.

The group is made up of dedicated women who enjoy fellowship, quilting and a caring devotion to those who have debilitating illnesses or injuries. Their quilts may be found in a number of homes near and far. After being prayed over the quilts provide warmth and a feeling of caring and healing to those who are suffering.

The ladies can be found each Monday Morning, often from noise coming from the room. The humming of their sewing machines or from laughter and chatter as they organize and sew bits and pieces of material they have cut and arranged to become a beautiful quilt for someone in need of a little love.

Gulley said quilting is sharing yourself with others; and if you have an interest in quilting the ladies are well known for offering their skills and knowledge to novices who wish to join the fun.

“Blessed are the piece-makers,” Gulley added.

For additional information about the Crazy Quilters of Sunbury United Methodist Church go to < sunburyumc.org > or call 740-965-3813.

Sunbury UMC is located at 100 West Cherry Street in Sunbury on the northeast corner of the intersection of Ohio 3 and U.S. 36/Ohio 37, about half a mile west of the Sunbury Village Square.

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