Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room
Janet Gripka made a large donation of her late mother's fabric. It included boxes, and even partial bolts.
All Janet asked: "I just want it to be used, so if you can just give it away."
And that's what we did as word got out.
The first stop was Pleasant Village's recreation center, where all sorts of fabric was stacked up.
I made lots of calls.
Then I found a home for all the rest of it. I called City Union Mission and, sure enough, their ladies auxiliary make all sorts of things -- from quilts for the homeless to stuffed animals for children.
The mission also has long-term recovery units. They make curtains, welcome-back bags and baby quilts. They have so many uses for fabric.
When I found them, I also asked our local Good Shepherd if they had excess they'd like to send, and they have added nine boxes.
Our local Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary ladies are making lap robes for veterans. If there are groups out there also in need, let us know. This has indeed been like the ripples from the pebble tossed into the still water.
I'm sure there are others of you who have said, "What will I ever do with all of this fabric?" I tucked some of mine in. It's so easy to see a sale and think, "Oh, I'll make ..." But then I don't.
Thanks again, Janet. I'm sure your mother may even be smiling down on all of this.
-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; firstname.lastname@example.org.