The Quilts of Hope

Posted by Spalding Hurst

April 4, 2023

Eula Mae Hood is a force to be reckoned with. At 91 years old, from her home in Springfield, Kentucky, she spends her days doing what she loves – sewing. When fate handed her several boxes of material, Eula Mae knew just what to do with them.

Together with her daughter, Diane, Eula Mae set out to create warm, cozy quilts to donate to the people of Eastern Kentucky. Little did they know that their efforts would soon prove to be a beacon of hope for those affected by a devastating flood that swept through 14 counties in the area.

On July 27, 2022, the floodwaters rushed through, claiming the lives of 45 people and displacing thousands more. The affected communities were left reeling, struggling to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives.

But Eula Mae and Diane were determined to do their part in the recovery effort. For months, they pinned, tacked, and hemmed, pouring their hearts and souls into the creation of 27 beautiful quilts.

Finally, the day arrived when Diane could deliver the fruits of their labor to the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program, run by Sister Luke. The program had been instrumental in providing aid and assistance to the flood-affected communities, and Eula Mae and Diane knew that their quilts would be put to good use.

Laticia Clark, Eula Mae’s grandaughter who works at Nazareth, and Sister Luke hold one of the many quilts donated for residents of Eastern Kentucky.

More than six months have passed since that fateful day, and the road to recovery for the affected communities remains long. But thanks to the efforts of people like Eula Mae and Diane, hope and resilience continue to shine through the darkness. And as the people of Eastern Kentucky wrap themselves in the warmth and comfort of these beautiful quilts, they know that they are not alone – that there are people who care, who are willing to lend a helping hand in their time of need.


  1. Luke

    What wonderful gifts that will be given to the people in the Eastern KY area .
    We in the the Volunteer Ministry are ever so grateful to Eula Mae and Diane.

  2. S. Rita Davis

    Those quilts are ‘wonder-filled’…I’m sure the persons who receive them will be sooo happy to have them. Blessings upon all concerned!

  3. Linda Soltis, SCN

    Not only are the quilts a source of warmth and comfort , but they are also beautiful works of art.

  4. Barbara Joseph Lammers

    They look wonderful and I imagine they are more than comfortable. The quilts are a wonderful gift and so are their makers. Blessings on Eula Mae and Diane.


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