On Friday, seventh graders in Girl Scout Troop 4603 at Ascension School put the final stitches on a friendship quilt they’ve been making for a 12-year-old girl in India. The troop began sponsoring Sravani Medi three years ago through a group called Care & Share (careshare.org).
Since December 2005, the Girl Scouts have raised money every year to provide clothing, tuition, books and uniforms for Sravani, who just started eighth grade in Vijayawada, India, which is in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Sravani lives there with her parents and an older brother. Her dad is a laborer, who earns about $1 a day.
The girls have writing to Sravani and sending her small gifts. In learning new skills such as sewing, the Scouts decided to work on a larger, heirloom gift for her. They each designed a square for the quilt. For the last month, Linda Hill, a local seamstress and quilter, has coached them through the assembly process. The goal now is to get the quilt to Sravani for her birthday, which is in December.
Among the quilters in the basement of the Hill home on S. Grove are (clockwise, from bottom left) Ali Platt, Samantha Kreis, Jaclyn Walsh, coach Linda Hill, Casey Skopek, Sheridan Taaffe, Meredith Blather, Amanda von Ebers, Kaitlyn Walsh and Sharon Walsh.
Photo by FRANK PINC/Staff Photographer