DECATUR – The Little Ole Bag Ladies have mostly imagined the results of their handiwork as they’ve made sleeping bags for the homeless every Tuesday morning at First United Methodist
What a great idea! I hope their gereous nature spreads throughout the community and farther.
Many years ago, I knew an elderly lady named, Pat. She found herself bored silly when she became too frail to drive her car. Back then I did custom sewing for a few relatives and made most of my daughter’s school clothes. So I had lots of scrap fabric and Pat had a sewing machine.
Every couple weeks, it was off to Pat’s with boxes of scrap fabric. I assumed she could quilt for folks she knew because Pat had no children or close relatives.
Well, instead, this little lady made children’s clothes all day long. And she loved her life.
Too keep herself busy, she’d requested the Church bring the poorer children to her door and she’d fashion a new outfit for every child that came to her; girl or boy. There was never a frown on her face once those children began to line up at her door. Her only request when she finished an outfit was the first photo of the child in new clothes.
One wall in her tiny home was dedicated to those photos. All the outfits Pat had made for other people’s children. She was the sweetest little lady I ever knew with the most generous heart. Without children of her own, Pat often said it was the most rewarding thing she had done in her entire life.
It’s amazing what you can do with a sewing machine!
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