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Time well spent
Turlock girl donates hand-made quilts
United Samaritans Executive Director Maris Sturtevant accepts three hand-made quilts from 10-year-old Emily Monson, who wanted the quilts to be donated to the homeless. - photo by MAEGAN MARTENS / The Journal
While most babysitters these days use television and video games as a way to entertain their charges, Carol Barnes took a different path.
The Ceres woman decided to teach 10-year-old Emily Monson how to sew a quilt.
“I decided she was old enough to learn how to sew,” said Barnes. “Now every time she comes over, all she wants to do is sew.”
Soon, Monson had the hang of quilting. She even made a quilt for her teacher at Medeiros Elementary School for Christmas, Barnes said.
“The students thought she bought the quilt because it was so nice.”
“I would put the fabric together that kind of matched. My favorite part was sewing the rows together. It was like ‘I’m almost done,’” Monson said as she clapped her hands together with excitement.  
On Tuesday, Monson delivered three of her hand-made quilts to the United Samaritans Foundation.
Her favorite quilt out of the three that she donated was covered in pinks, blues and purples, which are her favorite colors, she said.
The foundation was appreciative of the gift and glad to see “a youngster so active and giving to the homeless community,” said Maris Sturtevant, United Samaritans executive director.
“I am excited to help the homeless,” Monson said. “They don’t have homes so it would be nice for them to have something.”
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.