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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — With the coronavirus crises encompassing 2020, Wellington’s United Methodist Women made the logical choice to cancel the annual Fall Bazaar and quilt raffle fundraiser that has taken place for over 80 years.
According to Gay McAlister, local historian and a member of the UMW, the event began as the December Christmas Bazaar in 1937. Prior to this time, the UMW began the quilt fundraiser tradition. In January 1932, the ladies made a quilt that brought in $42.50.
For 2020, only the quilt raffle will prevail. As time ticked away this past spring, Pastor Gene Weinette contacted Gwynna “GiGi” Waller, wife of 2018 quilt winner Cliff Waller, about making a quilt for this year’s drawing. The Ombre Lattice patterned quilt is made from jelly rolls, which are pre-cut pieces of coordinating fabric. The different shades in the fabrics create the pattern.
Proceeds from the bazaar and quilt raffle fund various local, national and international projects, as United Methodist Women is a world-wide organization.
Wellington UMW continues to provide Upper Room devotion guides, host a teacher appreciation luncheon, provide Bibles for WHS seniors, assist with Ceta Canyon youth summer camp fees, and help fund U.M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth) participants.
The women donate to Northwest Texas District Missions and local organizations such as H.U.G.S., which assists Collingsworth County cancer patients, and the Collingsworth County Home Delivered Meals Program.
At Christmas, UMW provide gifts to Parkview Manor Assisted Living and Wellington Care Center residents. As needs arise at the church, the women are able to assist.
“The quilt for the women’s fundraiser is a labor of love; everyone should own a quilt,” GiGi said. “I had three quilts in progress, so I offered to donate the one chosen. With help from Gene, we got it quilted on my Longarm Gammill – ‘Driving Ms. Daisy.’”
Quilt tickets are still six for $5 or 24 for $20. The drawing will take place during the morning service on Sunday, Dec. 13.
To purchase tickets, mail payment to be received by Thursday, Dec. 10, to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 767, Wellington, TX 79095. Nicole Self, church secretary, will place names and phone numbers on the tickets for the drawing, and the winner will be contacted.