Quilters create joy for kids

Mary Tomlin, Barb Mattis, and Dawn Julius quilted 39 Christmas stockings

Erie Benedictine Development Associate Michelle Basista facilitated the connection of a desire to give on the part of three quilters at Brevillier Village Conrad House and the Christmas wishes of children at Sister Gus's Kids Cafe. 

"My mom, Mary Tomlin, and her friends Barb Mattis and Dawn Julius wanted to make the holidays a bit brighter for children in need," said Michelle. "Knowing that our Benedictine ministries are committed to loving and nurturing children, I contacted Breanna Mekuly, a Benedictine oblate and the director of Kids' Cafe, a program that offers a hot meal and some recreational and support activities to inner-city children." The quilters decided to give the 39 Christmas stockings they had made to the children at Kids' Cafe, a service of Emmaus Ministries.

When the kids arrived on December 6, the feast of St. Nick, the Kids' Cafe halls were lined with stockings fully stuffed with toys and goodies. "When the kids came in, they were thrilled to see see the gorgeous stockings filled with surprises," said Breanna. "These kids sometimes don't even get meals at home, let alone special Christmas stockings made just for them. They were so happy! They had just came back from Thanksgiving break and walked into a Christmas-decorated Kids Cafe with stockings hanging throughout the hallway. The kids were thrilled!" 

Stockings stuffed with toys and goodies.
Stockings stuffed with toys and goodies.