Archive for Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

June 1, 2005

So many of volunteers, doing so much for so many. That old "Neighbor, helping neighbor" has always been there.

Irene McConnell of Manhattan Kan., really stands out among them. She worked as a cashier until she was 84, when she fell and a neck injury slowed her down, although it didn't stop her.

Irene, we're told, always is ready to reach out a helping hand. She's retired from "active duty," we might say now. But she's part of a very active group of Manhattan ladies, who have a very special project going on. They help young mothers-to-be who are wives of soldiers at nearby Fort Riley. These are young mothers-to-be who are far away from their own mothers at this very special time in their lives.

Irene and the other ladies are quite a group, we hear, who find so many ways to help. Many of the townspeople reach out also to help them, donating yarn and other supplies.

Irene crochets baby afghans. She turns them out in bundles of 20 at a time. To date, she has donated 40 bundles. Irene has now passed her 85th birthday and still going strong.

Yes, Irene, your sister-in-law Aliene Brunner here in Tonganoxie is so very proud of you and your busy group. Aliene shared your great story with us. Thanks to both of you.

Our many volunteers have always and will continue to be the American way of life, wouldn't you say. God Bless them all.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086;

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