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Published January 20, 2010, 09:13 AM

Kindred congregation make quilts for the homeless

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Work is moving along on Fargo’s Cooper House. Crews are dry walling and painting sections of the apartment complex which will house the city's chronically homeless. There will be 32-efficiency apartments and ten single bedroom units.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A unique, touching relationship has developed between the Cooper House and a Lutheran congregation near Kindred. All winter, women have gathered to sew together quilts headed for the Cooper House.

In a church basement usually reserved for fall suppers, quilters from Norman Lutheran near Kindred are piecing together more than 40-colorful quilts for the homeless. About to call the Cooper House home.

“I am all excited about it.”

“I can't imagine; we are so fortunate.”

While the quilters here gather here during our dreary, weary winter, Wesley Nelson spent most of the summer piecing together and sewing squares of fabric together to make the quilt tops which the women then tie together today.

“It is the best thing that I ever got into. Whenever I feel worthless, the older you get the more worthless you feel it helps to realize you can do something worthwhile.”

While the quilters usually send their work overseas, this year the dozens of homeless, many with chronic mental and alcohol issues will get these mission field gifts.

For five generations, women from North Daktoa's oldest Lutheran congregation here near Kindred have quilted for those in need. More than a century later, families still carry out a promise made, helping a neighbor.

Anything you can do to help someone near Kindred. In May, the quilters will deliver the gifts to the Cooper House in time for the opening.