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Quazy Quilters member Emily Fine sewing more Ukriane-themed quilts on March 29, 2022. Fine pitched the idea for the fundraiser and has since tried to do the same with other groups she is involved in at the Senior Center. (Shane Rhodes/Nashoba Valley Voice)
Quazy Quilters member Emily Fine sewing more Ukriane-themed quilts on March 29, 2022. Fine pitched the idea for the fundraiser and has since tried to do the same with other groups she is involved in at the Senior Center. (Shane Rhodes/Nashoba Valley Voice)
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TOWNSEND — The Townsend Senior Center’s Quazy Quilters have raised more than $3,000 for those devastated by the war in Ukraine.

The quilting club raised $3,300 through a monthlong raffle that they held in April. Proceeds were evenly split and donated to UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross to aid in their humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, according to member Kathy Spaulding.

“The outpouring of love was really overwhelming,” Spaulding said. “So many people came to us and said, ‘We just want to help in any way we can,’ and it was truly amazing to see.”

“To anyone that donated, just know that we are so grateful,” she said.

The first and second place prizes — two large, handmade quilts stylized in the colors of the Ukrainian flag — were won by Jan Monahan and Lacey LaDue.

For third place Ron Montgomery got a gift certificate to Townsend’s Mane Attraction Hair Salon and for fourth place Pam Hamon got a gift certificates to Bailey’s Bar and Grille.

Spalding thanked those who participated in the raffle or simply “gave out of the kindness of their own hearts.”

“I just want to give a big thank you to anyone that contributed,” she said. “Some people gave and didn’t even want a ticket, they just wanted to help — that meant a lot to us.”

“Just know that the money is going to a good cause, to help those that are so desperately in need right now,” she said.

Spaulding also thanked Mane Attraction and Bailey’s for donating gift certificates for the raffle, as well as Fitchburg’s Fabrics ‘n Things, which sold more than $150 worth of tickets for the raffle.

“They all helped so much,” Spaulding said, “so I just think they deserve to be thanked.”

In the future, Spalding said the Quazy Quilters would be open to the idea of another raffle or fundraising event, whether to support Ukraine or any other cause that they believe in.

“We definitely will help out where and when we can,” she said. “That’s what quilters do, that’s what this club is all about.”

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