Quilting group helping comfort victims of Hurricane Sandy


Tiny Tots a volunteer group of about 45 women affiliated with St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach has been busy quilting, but they’ve now put their mission of making baby quilts on hold for a bit.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott: The Tiny Tots volunteer group takes a break to pose for the camera with one of their finished quilts and one in the making. In the foreground, sewing, are, from left: Fil Ryan, Florence Fallavollita and Margaret Sackett.Coastal Point • Monica Scott
The Tiny Tots volunteer group takes a break to pose for the camera with one of their finished quilts and one in the making. In the foreground, sewing, are, from left: Fil Ryan, Florence Fallavollita and Margaret Sackett.

Group member Mary Martinez said they usually quilt only baby quilts but have recently broken away for a while to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Through a member of their group, they donated afghans, hats and scarfs and sent them to New Jersey, for people in need there.

This month, the group is making large quilts and wool scarfs for people who were affected in nearby Crisfield, Md.

“One of our members belongs to a quilting guild, and another of her members works for the library over there and will deliver them,” explained Martinez.

She further explained that all the materials are donated, including the sewing machines and the fabrics. She said the only costs they incur are for batting, and they take donations of that, as well.

Asked why it was important to put the baby quilts on hold and instead concentrate on people affected by Hurricane Sandy — Martinez didn’t hesitate.

“Oh my gosh! The devastation,” she said. “These people needed help. And we have everything here to be able to help them. We have the materials, the machines — everything.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help the group, which meets the last Tuesday of each month, can contact Martinez by email at oceanviewmary@mchsi.com.

For more information on nearby Crisfield’s clean up and volunteer efforts, there is a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CrisfieldCleanupFromHurricaneSandy.