Olivia Rees /GOV Editor
Since the war in Ukraine began to rage, refugees began to flee to Poland and other countries surrounding Ukraine. This traumatic experience prompted responses throughout the world. Ladies in Morgan were no exception and wanted to help. They decided to make quilts for the refugees and put together a humanitarian event. Hosted by the Morgan Stake on Apr. 23, Relief Society sisters, young women, and friends from the community gathered at the Morgan Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to continue the humanitarian efforts and enjoy lunch together. Now, there are dozens of quilts in various stages of completion. Following these efforts, 200 quilts were flown by Stitching Hearts Worldwide, a non-profit organization, to the refugee centers in Poland.
The service project was a phenomenal success with 102 people at lunch, estimates coordinator Cindy Hatch, although some had come and left early, or came after lunch. While hosted by the Morgan Stake, there were a wide variety of participants. Cathy Dinsdale said, “Throughout the whole of the event, I was just impressed with the dedication, time, and beauty that went throughout the whole thing. It touches my heart to think of some child or adult in Poland that will wrap themselves in the love, beauty, and warmth of one of those quilts.”
“It was good to be in that type of setting with the sisters again, reconnecting with some people I haven’t seen for a couple of years and meeting new ones that I have not had the opportunity to meet,” enthused Mary Anne Barnett. “We have some amazing, talented ladies in our community!”
Hatch added, “I think it was a great success because there is such a need for the refugees in Poland that a lot of people identified with it from watching the news and wanted to help out.”
“I was deeply touched by the burning fire of compassion that filled the gym on Saturday. The room was packed with local folks anxious to help people they had never met, because they knew they were going through a terrible tragedy,” exclaimed Penny Pincock. “As I have listened to the horrible news reports of death and destruction, I have really wanted to help those people! I was so satisfied to find a way to help bring them a little comfort in such dark times! I loved that the quilts we finished were flown over to Poland the next week!” The Morgan Humanitarian Center is located in the basement of the Morgan Family History Center, a building in close proximity to the county offices. Hatch is spearheading the service efforts along with a team of others and can be contacted at (801) 821-6041. Anyone is welcome to serve and the center is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Except the first Thursday of the month in May and June, it will be held in the Field Street Chapel. Then the first Tuesday of the month from July to December it will be held at the Field Street Chapel. Details are constantly evolving and humanitarian projects can be worked on at he designated locations, or picked up to work on at home. Besides quilts, other projects are done such as sewing backpacks used by the refugees, weaving sleeping mats used by the homeless as well as by refugees in Poland, and many other items to help those in need.