Published: Mar 28, 2011 11:40 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 28, 2011 8:40 PM EDT

Sewing for a cause.

On Monday, the Cape Coral Quilters Guild held their annual blessing of the quilts.

Those quilts are then donated to local charities.

The guild has been doing this for more than a decade.

"It is a labor of love," said Carol Melvin, President of the Cape Coral Quilters Guild.

The group took their love for sewing and turned it into a major charitable organization by donating thousands of quilts over the years.

"I still have my health and family and so on. I just like to give to people who are not as fortunate," said Jackie Lake.

Lake sewed 36 quilts last year.

All of them are among the 250 bed size quilts being bagged and given to local non-profits.

"It's a fantastic gift anyone can give," said Nina Tomasello.

Tomasello represents Hope Healthcare Services in Cape Coral.

Her agency is receiving some of the quilts.

She says it provides a source of comfort and security to many people.

"These will be going to children with life limiting illnesses. Again for comforting and care. These women are an extradionary bunch of women through their thoughfulness and generosity. They are awesome," Tomasello said.

In addition to making hundreds of quilts, the group made stockings to be delivered to troops overseas.

"We're just giving hugs that's how it feels," said Melvin.

The quilts are also given to police officers to keep in their cruisers to help accident victims stay warm.

All the fabric for the quilts are donated to the organization and every piece is put to good use.

The Cape Coral Quilters Guild is made up of 93 local women.

If you want to learn more about them or donate fabric call Carol Melvin at 239-543-9968.