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Mom's handmade quilt boosted hunger campaign

Originally, the handmade quilt was intended as a mother-to-daughter gift. Instead, the quilt was deployed as a means to raise money for hungry kids and families. Mom Michelle Miller, at right, began sewing the quilt as a gift to her daughter, Karlie Miller. But when Karlie was crowned Miss Perham, "I said, sorry, we're going to give it away instead," laughed Michelle. As Miss Perham, the 2008 PHS graduate chose hunger as her charitable platform. The two decided to sell raffle tickets on the quilt to raise money for the Perham Area Food Shelf, the Perham "Feed My Starving Children" campaign, and also for the Miss Perham pageant organization.

The winner of the homemade quilt, which was presented at the Perham Trade and Home Show Feb. 21, was Betty Greiff, pictured at left, with Karlie and Michelle Miller.

Between the sale of "Miss Perham" candy bars and the quilt raffle, they are able to give $400 to the food shelf for March, and about the same amount to the "Starving Children" project, said Karlie Miller. "Any remaining money I've raised is going to the Miss Perham Foundation because the foundation has none," she added.

"I am also encouraging those involved with the FMSC event to bring food shelf donations March 13-14, during the "Starving Children" packaging. We will have a bin or area to drop off these items, or monetary donations."