Two southeast Nebraska women partner to start quilt fundraiser for flood victims

Two southeast Nebraska women partner to start quilt fundraiser for flood victims
Joyce Shutts of Swanton holds up one of several quilts she's made in recent weeks. All of the quilts that she makes, and all that are gathered in the fundraiser, will eventually be donated to flood victims.

SWANTON, NE – Two southeast Nebraska residents are doing their part to help victims of recent flooding.

Joyce Shutts of Swanton and Pam Hoge of Hubbell worked together to organize a quilt fundraiser.

Starting last week, area residents are invited to donate quilts to the Tri County Bank locations in both De Witt and Swanton. They can also be dropped off at the Acreage Steakhouse in Hubbell.

Shutts plans to take donations through the summer so that those affected by the flooding can have something useful for next winter.

“We’re going to do this all summer,” she said. “Because, with winter coming on, they’re going to need quilts and blankets and things to keep warm. We wanted to do something tangible – something to comfort, and this is where quilts come in. Quilters are the most giving people in the world.”

Shutts says any type of quilt will be accepted. People can also donate extra batting, thread and fabric, which will be used to make quilts to give away.

“We’re going to try and get as many as we possibly can,” she said. “I would love to see a semi roll out of here with them.”

Shutts says at least 30 quilts have been donated since Friday. Those who have questions, or are interested in donating, are encouraged to call Joyce at 402-448-5395.

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