The Sassy Stitchers quilting group from Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center make a difference in their community
A dozen military veterans gathered at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center May 30 to receive the beautiful Quilts of Valor made especially for them by the Sassy Stitchers quilting group. After friends, families and other guests heard a short account of each man's service, the quilters draped the heroes' shoulders with a red-white-and-blue quilt.
At the end of the ceremony, Janice Beebe told the crowd a bit about the Sassy Stitchers and their commitment to honor some of the area veterans, as well as their other activities.
When the Senior Center at 3201 Hillcrest Road opened 7 years ago, Beebe said, 5 women met to form a quilting club. Calling themselves the Sassy Stitchers, the group has grown to 59 members who meet at the Center each Wednesday morning.
With Betty Todd and Nancy Lancaster as facilitators, the women form teams to stitch Quilts of Valor--twice a year, around Veterans Day and Memorial Day--for 10-12 indivicuals who "have served and sacrificed for the freedom we enjoy today," Beebe said.
In addition to the Quilts of Valor, the Sassy Stitchers make baby quilts for Project Linus (39 were delivered in May.) They also create an Opportunity Quilt each 6 months; the proceeds from ticket sales are used to purchase materials for their Quilts of Valor. The winning ticket for the Autumn Splendor Opportunity Quilt drawn at the Quilts of Valor ceremony belonged to Steve Dix.
To learn more about the Sassy Stitchers and their projects, call CHMRSCC at 602-4963.