MOUNT VERNON — Paw Patch Quilt Shop, located at 444 Columbus Rd., has been collecting donations for the Guatemala-based organization Small Change 4 Big Change to help those affected by the recent Volcano Fuego eruptions in Guatemala, with two Knox County natives in Guatemala lending hands-on assistance as well.
One of the owners of Paw Patch, Samantha Ramsier, is currently in Santa Catarina Barahona, Sacatepequez, Guatemala — along with her friend, Lydia Weyrich, who is helping the organization with social media and their website. They arrived in Guatemala on June 1, Ramsier told the News via email. She originally went to the small village of Santa Catarina Barahona to deliver four Janome sewing machines, yards of fabric and sewing kits to the local women. The women can then use the sewing machines for free to repair clothing and make items to sell.