Thirty-five women gathered in the Extension building at the fairgrounds on Thursday, Sept. 8, and created 40 comfort pillows and pillow covers, as well as a batch of sweet and soft baby blankets.
One gal drove in from her home in Albuquerque, as she often does, in order to be with the group.
Another drove through the night from a necessary trip to Denver to be at this once-a-year event that takes the place at a regular meeting of our local Mountain View Homemakers Club.
The little pillows are called “comfort pillows” because they will cradle sore arms, legs, necks or backs for those who must sit or lie for long periods of time. The pillows are meant to provide additional comfort, the women say, because they were made with love by willing hands. Half of the pillows will go to Hospice, and the remainder will be distributed at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center.
Fifteen snuggly baby blankets were also completed by the group, during the two hours after their covered dish lunch. Several women took fabric home to finish more. The baby blankets will be distributed by Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center.
“Even though we’re called the ‘Homemaker’s Club,’ many of us do not craft or sew” commented President Mary Webb. “We are just a gathering of women who are dedicated to making our homes and our community better, together. And we have a lot of fun while doing so.”
Some of the women had cut the fabric ahead of time. On Thursday, nine ladies did the sewing; two spent the time at ironing boards, and there were a couple of tables-full of those who stuffed the pillows. It took a half dozen or so more to keep the partially-completed items moving from one group of workers to the next. And other women put the pillows into the newly-constructed pillow cases and packed them in big bags to be delivered.
In the past, the group has made felt vests for Cub Scouts to use for their merit badges during one of these work days. They have also made big drawstring bags that Social Services can give children to collect all their belongings when they are being removed from an unsafe environment.
At the very brief business meeting between lunch and the work session, the treasurer of the group announced that eight checks, each for $500, had been delivered to the eight local non-profits chosen by members to receive the funds from the group’s annual auction fund-raiser in July. Those organizations were the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, the Humane Society of Pagosa; Senior Services-home delivered meals, the Hospice Team and Mercy Health Foundation; Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Leah House and Pagosa Outreach Connection.
The next meeting of the Mountain View Homemakers Club will be Thursday, Oct. 13, and will include a presentation by nutritionist Joan Ward, Ph.D.
Members are asked to bring trick-or-treat goodies, which will be distributed by member Kim Vernon.
With questions about Homemakers, call Mary Webb, 731-1288, or Denny Rose, 946-0696.