HUGGS Ministry and Quilting Ministry at Whatcoat United Methodist Church in Dover made and distributed quilts over the Christmas holiday. The Christmas project was to make sure the homeless residents of our community would not be cold this winter.

Since being formed in 2007, the group has given away more than 1,800 items, including crocheted, knitted, quilted and knotted lap robes and blankets, calico stuffed animal pillows and toys, adult bibs, hats, prayer shawls, throws, dresses and shirts made from pillowcases, toiletry bags and all-purpose bags to attach to walkers.

Recipients have included adults and children who take part in the Soup Kitchen Ministry at WUMC, the Code Purple headquarters, which distributes many of the group’s contributions to people in shelters in the Kent County area, to some sick and shut-ins at the Cadia/Capital Rehabilitation Center, Hopes and Dreams in Dover, and to Africa, Haiti and Nicaragua.

On May 5, the ministry was inducted into the Order of St. Barnabas.