ARCHBOLD WEATHER

MCC Comforter Bash Produces 77 Comforters


Youngsters and adults were busy putting the finishing touches on comforters at the Central Mennonite Church Comforter Bash, Wednesday, Jan. 10. Left: Grace Davis, 14, Archbold, works on a comforter as Elizabeth Youtzy,

Youngsters and adults were busy putting the finishing touches on comforters at the Central Mennonite Church Comforter Bash, Wednesday, Jan. 10. Left: Grace Davis, 14, Archbold, works on a comforter as Elizabeth Youtzy,

Youngsters and adults working together made 77 comforters at the Northwest Ohio Comforter Bash, Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Central Mennonite Church.

Jennifer Steiner, communications director for Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes, said the effort was part of the MCC Great Winter Warm-Up, which has a goal of collecting 7,000 hand-made comforters for distribution in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world before Monday, Feb. 29.

Christine Wyse, chair of the comforter bash committee at Central, said more than 200 people attended the event, ranging in age from a child of six months to 93 year-old Margaret Hesterman of Archbold. Definition

A comforter is “a thick bed covering, made of two layers of cloth containing a filling (such as down).”

A thread is run between the layers to keep the filling from shifting as the comforter is used.

The thread is cut and then tied, or “knotted.”

At the Comforter Bash, many were working the last steps.

Wauseon, looks on. Right: Ruth Kauffman and her son, Jacob, 5, Archbold, work together. Jacob stands by with scissors, ready to cut the thread when his mom is ready.– photos by David Pugh

Wauseon, looks on. Right: Ruth Kauffman and her son, Jacob, 5, Archbold, work together. Jacob stands by with scissors, ready to cut the thread when his mom is ready.– photos by David Pugh

Nadine Zook Miller, materials resource coordinator at The Depot for MCC Great Lakes, told those assembled that in 2023, MCC collected and distributed 59,277 comforters in 10 countries.

Ukraine

The MCC website states the organization was formed in 1920 “to provide food for families suffering from famine and disease in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine).”

Miller said last year, MCC again came to the aid of Ukraine, providing 21,000 comforters to people in the war-torn country.

“It was very much a fullcircle kind of moment,” Steiner said.

She told the story of one Ukrainian mother with two children who said, “The thought has been in my head the whole month. It will get colder soon. Where can I get warm blankets for my children?

“And now thanks to your help, my girls will be covering themselves with blankets that are beautiful, warm, and most importantly, made with love.”