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Giving isnâ€™t just a Christmas seaon thing for the Clarkson Baptist Church Ladies Sewing Group.Â Itâ€™s a habit they practice all year long.Â
â€śWeâ€™ve made and given away over a thousand quilts,â€ť said Ruth Perkins, the founder of the group.Â Â Â
The recipient this week was OSERVS, the Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services.
Other recipients have been Baptist Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Jackson, victims of house fires, tornados, and hurricanes, and â€śanyone who can use them,â€ť as the ladies are quick to say.
Theyâ€™ve expanded their work to sets of caps, mittens, and scarves for Palmer Homeâ€™s children, and they make baby quilts as well as twin size, doubles, and queen size.
This week they received a gift of fabric â€“ an essential to keep them moving forward.Â
â€śWe are so fortunate.Â We have never had to purchase fabric; people give it to us or send us a check to help purchase it,â€ť Perkins explained.Â
One member of the group bought two bags of fabric and quilt tops at a sale; others find pieces they want to work with and bring it to the Tuesday night sewing sessions.Â
It validates Perkinsâ€™ belief that the group is doing Godâ€™s work.Â
â€śHe led me to this and He keeps us supplied,â€ť she smiled.Â
OSERVS Board Chair Carol Moss Read is pleased that OSERVS is one of the beneficiaries of the groupâ€™s generosity.Â
â€śThereâ€™s nothing like a warm quilt for comfort; the comfort this brings to others is a blessing.Â We appreciate the work these ladies do on our behalf,â€ť Read said.