Whitewater quilter's donation to parish will cover many

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Staff | February 19, 2014

WHITEWATER—Of the 160 blankets St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Whitewater is collecting for children in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Hazel Tellefson has made almost half of them.

Tellefson, a resident of Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater who's 95 and “still going strong,” according to a release from the parish, made 72 quilts for the project. She creates about 100 quilts a year, donating them to various groups and organizations.

An area in Tellefson's apartment at Fairhaven is filled with quilting materials, most of which she purchases herself. Two sewing machines stand at the ready.

“(I)t keeps me busy and I like helping people,” she said.

The 160 blankets are part of a project celebrating St. Patrick's 160th anniversary this year.

In addition to quilts, the parish is also conducting a clothing drive for St. Michael Archangel Church in Huaripampa, Peru.  Rick Rupprecht of St. Patrick's says they are in need of new and gently used coats and new socks and underwear for children 4 to 12 years old. Collection for these donations will continue through the end of February. For more information on donating items, call the parish at (262) 473-3143.

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