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TALLAHASSEE – On the second Tuesday of each month, women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gather for a sewing group session at their meetinghouse at 5455 Buck Lake Road.
But this isn’t just any sewing club. The women are knitting a patchwork of Christlike service in the projects they undertake.
Jeannie Campbell, one of the group’s organizers, said the group has been meeting for almost two years and they have already made a difference.
“Our first project was Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) small baby quilts for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. They use them in the NICU II and NICU III units. The hospital sends them to the laundry and they use them over and over again. We have made more than 100 quilts so far,” said Campbell.
The second project for the sewing group was pillow cases for nursing homes in the Tallahassee area. They have made more than 100 pillow cases.
The group’s third project was making breast cancer pillows for women who have had breast cancer surgery. The group has made more than 100 pillows and donated them to hospitals in Tallahassee and Tampa.
Organizations such as Girls Inc. and I Support the Girls, working through international affiliates, collect and distribute essential items, including bras, underwear, and hygiene products, allowing women and girls in impoverished conditions access to personal hygiene products.
“A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health. Every woman should have the ability to maintain her dignity,” according to the I Support the Girls website.
Campbell said the hygiene bag kits will be an ambitious project and encourages more women from the area to come to the group’s next session, Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Relief Society Room of the Buck Lake Road meetinghouse.