Lackawanna County Commissioners recognize the ‘good works’ of My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group


The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a Good Works certificate to representatives of the My Brothers Keeper Quilt Group for its efforts in providing sleeping bags to homeless people nationwide. Flo Wheatly began this crusade in 1985 when she met a homeless man in New York City and made a sleeping bag out of her children’s outgrown jeans, shirt and sweaters. Utilizing volunteers and students from Keystone College, the group crafts nearly 100,000 quilted sleeping bags a year, 800 for the Greater Scranton area, to fight hypothermia. The supplies and materials for the bags are donated by local residents. From left, Marie Cochrane and Len Wheatley, My Brothers Keeper Quilt Group; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Flo and Jim Wheatley, My Brothers Keeper Quilt Group; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Lucas Taylor, My Brothers Keeper Quilt Group and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.

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