Lombard quilting club sews for impoverished children, community
LOMBARD – So many of the clothing tags and merchandise labels for products in the United States identify foreign countries as the place of manufacturing. It takes some searching to find native-made products, but in impoverished parts of Africa, there are school children who proudly sling onto their backs American-made book bags, or more specifically, Lombard-made book bags.
At the end of the summer, members of the Kiwanis Club of Lombard stocked simple, drawstring book bags with school supplies and shipped them to Africa where they would be used by poor children. It's an annual project the club completes, and each year they're assisted by the Sewing and Quilting Club at Beacon Hill, a local retirement community.
The club is comprised of four women and residents at Beacon Hill who meet weekly to work on charity and personal projects. This is the third year they've worked with the Kiwanis Club of Lombard.
"That goes back to Joan [Maxey, one of the club founders] because she's the one they contacted," said Doby Meyer who's lived at Beacon Hill for four years. "It's a simple little bag that the Kiwanis Club filled with school supplies and sends these to needy children."
This year, the group made 97 bags, said Peggy Sepanski, a three-year resident at Beacon Hill.
The partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Lombard isn't the only charity work the club does throughout the year. The women are assisted by Ann Kelsey, an employee from JoAnn Fabrics, who provides direction and advice on the different projects.
Now that they're finished with book bags, the club is putting all of its efforts into finishing a Christmas quilt that will be raffled off at Beacon Hill's annual bazaar in November.
"The money that we glean goes back to the club and we try to donate it back into the community," Meyer said.
The club also makes blankets that they donate to the health center at Beacon Hill for residents who are sick. Most of the women will also take time to complete person projects, too, Kelsey said.
In addition to Meyer, Maxey and Sepanski, Beacon Hill resident Alice Sommerville is a one-year member of the club.
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