SUN CITY CENTER – At first glance, it’s obvious that members of the Sun City Sew N Sews have talent. Their various projects are strewn across the sewing room at 915 Cherry Hills Drive. But what becomes more apparent after getting to know these ladies is their equally big hearts.
The Sew N Sews undertake all kinds of community service projects to help folks in their own community and even others outside. Their latest project – embellishing aprons for dementia patients under LifePath Hospice’s care – recently resulted in a donation of 100 colorful “bibs.”
“These aprons were requested by nurses in the field and at the hospice house,” said Sandy Cody, volunteer services supervisor for LifePath Hospice. “They ease anxiety in dementia patients by giving them something tactile to focus on.”
Each apron has an assortment of buttons, zippers, pockets, strings and other items that remind folks with memory loss of things they used to do.
“(The project) is a wonderful reflection of the warmth and compassion of these women,” Cody said. “They’re giving their time and talent to help others.”
Members also made 107 pillowcases for children under in-home hospice care. They dropped everything they were working on to make them.
“Kids get a lot of comfort out of carrying their own pillows back and forth between home and treatments,” said Sew N Sews President Barbara Pough. “We enjoy doing projects like this.”
Edith Cacciola agrees.
“Besides the creative outlet it gives us, I enjoy the social aspect of making new friends,” she said. “And it gives us a sense of accomplishment to know we’ve done something for somebody else.”
Other service projects include making bags that attach to walkers for various organizations and rehabs in the community; pajama bottoms for children staying at A Kid’s Place in Valrico; and pretty pockets for Moffitt Cancer Center mastectomy patients to go on the inside of the gown and carry drains.
And the club’s quilters have made 38 of 60 extended-size twin quilts promised to A Kid’s Place.
The Sew N Sews club currently has 172 members, including 46 new ones since January. All Community Association members are welcome to join and up to 10 folks from Kings Point.
In January classes in quilting and beginning and advanced sewing will be offered. Members meet at various times on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sew and Mondays and Wednesdays to quilt. Contact Pough at (813) 633-5458 or [email protected]
For information on helping LifePath Hospice, call Cody at (813) 642-1827 or email [email protected]