Comforting goal accomplished early

Minnesota woman makes 100 comforters for MCC centennial

Eva Harder, left, completed her 100th comforter for Mennonite Central Committee on Aug. 19. Here she is joined by two women from First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., who helped tie some of the comforters, Pratoomporn Harder and Erna Johnson (who recently turned 84 and has made more than 30 comforters for MCC this year). — Gordon Harder Eva Harder, left, completed her 100th comforter for Mennonite Central Committee on Aug. 19. Here she is joined by two women from First Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn., who helped tie some of the comforters, Pratoomporn Harder and Erna Johnson (who recently turned 84 and has made more than 30 comforters for MCC this year). — Gordon Harder

When Eva Harder of Mountain Lake, Minn., set a goal at the beginning of the year to make 100 comforters for Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial, she didn’t anticipate completing the project by late summer.

“With all the COVID and everything, I stayed home a lot and got a lot done,” she said. “I had thought if I finish by November, December, I would be doing well, and then it just went so fast.”

Harder has made comforters for MCC to distribute around the world for several years, often with a sewing group at First Mennonite Church. She also works with fabric donations as a volunteer at Care and Share MCC thrift store, which has been a source of material for both comforters and quilts she donates to relief sales.

With the comforter goal accomplished, she’s turning her attention to sewing masks to diminish the spread of COVID-19.

“With the kids hopefully going back to school, I’m doing more of that and working with school kits” for MCC, said Harder, who still left the door open for more comforters as the weather turns cool. “I might all of a sudden just keep going again.”

Tim Huber

Tim Huber

Tim Huber is associate editor at Anabaptist World. Read More

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