Ten years ago, a lady by the name of Thelma Pickett started a sewing bee to make quilts and send them to Military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanastan. The first shipment went to a local boy, Derek Kleinsasser, who was serving as a Chaplain’s Assistant.
Recently, this group of ladies completed their 1000 th quilt, which will again be sent to a local son, Dana Rogers.
During this ten year tenure, at no time was any material purchased to sew the quilt tops or bottoms. The batting for the middle of the quilt is purchased at a discount.
The sole expense of the quilts is the mailing process in which a minimum of fifteen quilts are packaged and sent.
Material and postage have been generously donated by the Wessington and surrounding community.
A huge thank you goes out to those who sew every other Wednesday; to those who keep the material “box” filled and those who give monetarily.
This project was started in support of the troops in hopes that they would soon all be home. The group continues to support and send quilts to the Military.
At war’s end, this group of ladies will most likely find another outlet for their quilts, as meeting, working for a worthy cause, visiting and spending time together is very satisfying.