The West Central Senior Care program received an unexpected gift this week in the way of eleven hand-made quilts. The quilts were created by a resident of El Dorado Springs who has a long history of service to the community.   

Recently, in addition to the donation to West Central, thirteen quilts were donated to Birthright, an organization providing support to women with unplanned pregnancies.

Cheryl Gutshall, Senior Care Director, says, “West Central appreciates the opportunity to spread a little warmth with a ‘quilted hug’ to Seniors in need during these times of isolation. We thank our donor for her continued contributions to her community.”

The quilts will be distributed to senior citizens participating in Senior Care, an innovative program sponsored by West Central Missouri Community Action Agency. The services are an outreach to individuals age 65 and older living in Bates, Benton, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Morgan, St. Clair, or Vernon Counties. Senior Care assists individuals by focusing on ways to enhance their quality of life and maintain independent living, and include a needs assessment, referrals, and case management to ensure resources are available. An expanded component of Senior Care is a new Pen Pal program, which allows individuals to reach out to others in the region. 

For more information about participating or supporting Senior Care services, contact Cheryl Gutshall, Senior Care Director, 660-476-2185,

This project/program is funded 98.38% at $191,838 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services and 1.62% at $3,165 by other non-federal sources.