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Quilters Needed for Upcoming Auction to Benefit Mountainside Seniors

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - An upcoming fundraiser is giving people a chance to break out their sewing machines and needles to donate quilts for a good cause.

The Quilts for Caring auction will support low-income seniors at the Mountainside Senior Living facility in Crozet.

"A lot of our residents come to us from little means and this is a way for us to give back to them to give them what they need and what they deserve," said Eleanor VonAchen, the community liaison for Mountainside.

The money raised at the auction will go toward facility upgrades and residential needs at mountainside.

"A lot of times people need little things, like I know a gentleman who needs a size 11 slipper. We would love to eventually invest in a new call bell system," said VonAchen. "There are pharmaceutical bills that need to be paid that residents can't afford."

The auction isn't until the end of the year, but organizers are asking people to pledge to donate quilts now, since they take so long to make.

"These artists put so much love and time into these quilts, they really can't have monetary value put on them-- but we can bid on them!" said VonAchen.

Cottonwood Quilt Shop at the Meadowbrook Shopping Center on Barracks Road is sponsoring the event. The owner, Mary Humphrey, will collect quilts throughout the year and help people make them along the way.

"Quilts are such a comfort item,” Humphrey said. “Quilters love making them they get a lot of comfort and joy out of making them and it's certainly a lovely present to pass on."

Humphrey and VonAchen are hoping for about 50 submissions. People are encouraged to make all types of quilts- wall hangings, table runners, bags, quilted clothing, and blankets. Humphrey said people of all ages come to her shop to learn to quilt and enjoy making and receiving them.

"So whether you're bidding on one or just the recipient of one, it's just a lovely thing and can become a family heirloom," she said.

Organizers are still hashing out the details, but tickets for the event will be about $35 and will include a three- or four-course dinner. The food will be paired with wines from local vineyards, and there will be both a silent and live auction.

"There are some really big needs for Mountainside and their residents and we hope to be able to contribute to some of those with this event," said VonAchen.

The Quilts for Caring auction is scheduled for November 1 at the Mountainside Living Facility in Crozet. Click here for more information.

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