Utah Catholic Helps ‘Pack Ukraine in Pigtails’


SALT LAKE CITY (CNS) – When Nadia Molina joined the pro-life rosary prayed at Salt Lake City’s Magdalen Cathedral every first Thursday of the month, she never imagined it would lead to supporting people at home. other side of the world.

“We pray for life, but we also pray for everyone. We ask around if anyone has a special need so we can pray for it,” Molina said.

A Ukrainian woman stands with a quilt sent by Utah’s Wrap Ukraine with Quilts project. (CNS photo/Handout via Intermountain Catholic)

Now she doesn’t just pray; she puts her talents to work: she cuts, sews and assembles fabric into quilts to help children affected by war in Ukraine.

Catherine Stokes, chair of the cathedral’s Respect for Life ministry, invited Molina to participate in the special “Wrap Ukraine with Quilts” project, organized by a Utah couple to provide new handmade quilts to refugee children. of the war in Ukraine.

The project started in March when Gina Holladay and her husband Hal, in partnership with Beth Hawkins, joined forces to figure out how to send quilts to Ukraine.

“At first we didn’t know how we were going to get these quilts to go to Ukraine, but we knew we could figure it out,” Gina Holladay said.

The project is looking for new handmade quilts, preferably no larger than twin size. Quilters are encouraged to include a tag with the quilt that contains their name, city and state and a message of encouragement. They can also send a photo of themselves with it.

“There’s always a story behind every quilt,” said Gina Holladay. “As a quilt maker, you think about the person you’re making it for while you sew it.”

As of December 1, the project has collected over 17,000 quilts.

When Molina first heard about this effort, she decided it was something she could do to “help help this person that I may never meet” and give them something that makes them feel better. remember someone thought of her.

Despite the difficulties faced by Ukrainians, it is very important to share the message that God is always with people, no matter the distance or the situation, Molina said.

“For me, it is very important that Ukrainians, through these quilts, know that God is there, that people are taking care of them,” she said. She also wishes she had time to do more and hopes others will join. As she said, the project “gives people the opportunity to help others who might need a helping hand” and also “sends them the message that God never abandons us despite our circumstances.”

For more information on “Wrap Ukraine with Quilts”, visit https://hellocottons.com/.

Author Laura Vallejo is an editor at Intermountain Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

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