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Giving back: Oklahoma business owner passing up profits to help those in need

OKLAHOMA CITY – For the past 41 years, Judy Howard has owned Buckboard Antique Quilts.

Each quilt is more than just fabric and thread, as each has its own specific story to tell. Recently, Howard has begun using those stories to help others around Oklahoma.

Credit: Judy Howard, owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts

About five years ago, Howard says that she knew she had been ‘outrageously blessed’ and it was time to give back to the community.

While the hundreds of beautiful, handmade quilts at Buckboard Antique Quilts are worth thousands of dollars, Howard will not be receiving any of the proceeds.

Instead, she says God pushed her to give 100% of the proceeds to help those in need.

Each quilt is now sold for a donation to a charity that helps the needy.

Quilts from Buckboard Quilts at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center

“It’s a great way to leave an everlasting legacy of love not only as a gift to a loved one or to cherish and decorate your own home, but also leave a legacy of generosity in blessing the less fortunate,” Howard told News 4 in an email.

Most of the quilts at Buckboard sell for a donation between $150 to $400 each, while smaller art quilts are sold at Heavenly Patchwork.

Howard says customers can make out a check directly to the charity, and she will make sure that it gets mailed. The recipient of the quilt can take the tax deduction if they would like.

If customers would like to use a credit card, the total amount goes directly to Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community, an organization that helps neglected and abused children break the cycle of abuse.

To browse through Howard’s collection of quilts, visit Buckboard Antique Quilts’ website and Heavenly Patchwork’s website.