Sewing group brings comfort to those in need


By Andrea Saddler - asaddler@civitasmedia.com



Leatha Shepherd is working on a pillowcase to be donated to the local hospice.


PRESTONSBURG – Seniors living at Highland Terrace in Prestonsburg have plenty of different activities to fill their time.

Sewing is among the activities the local seniors are enjoying.

Facility manager Linda Rice makes sure if residents are interested in starting a group to enjoy a particular hobby, they have the materials and space to pursue their interest. Residents enjoy gardening, line dancing, church services, picnics, corn hole, playing cards, bingo, and sewing just to name a few of the hobbies residents enjoy.

Residents enjoy the opportunity to take line dancing classes every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Dance classes are taught by Sara Butcher. Residents have learned dances such as Macarena, Hokey Pokey, Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Boot Scootin Boogie, Chicken Dance, Hustle and Cotton-Eyed Joe.

The facility does not promote gambling. However, residents do play Bingo every Thursday. Bingo is free to any resident who wants to play. Residents bring various items they no longer want to be won as prizes. Family members of residents also donate items that are sometimes used as Bingo prizes.

Another hobby a local group of residents is enjoying and using to do good in the community is sewing. Leatha Shepherd, Elva Ferguson, Brenda Dillon, Shirley, Parsons, Dee Blair, Sharon Bryant and Christine Davis are residents who participate on a regular basis in the sewing club. Some of the items members make and give back to the community include baby quilts and small outfits that are donated to a hospital. The hospital gives the items to mothers of still born babies, so the family can have something to wrap and bury the baby in or keep as a reminder of their precious child.

Residents also make colorful pillowcases, which they donate to hospice.

“We enjoy sewing and knowing the items we make bring a smile to someone’s face or give someone comfort,” said Sharon Bryant. “A local hospice we work with give a bright color pillowcase to every new patient. I enjoy knowing a patient enjoys looking at and sleeping on a pillowcase one of us in the group made.”

Another item the group makes and donates is lap quilts. The group donates the quilts to a dialysis center and a chemotherapy center. Patients receiving these treatments get cold and they can’t use heat in the treatment facilities. This year, the group has already made and donated 42 lap quilts.

The sewing group receive donations of material and sewing items from Hand in Hand Ministries in Louisville and Auxier. At various times throughout the year, the group makes items and holds bake sales. Money generated is used to buy scissors and tape measures to use in the sewing group or in another group or activity at Highland Terrace.

For more information on the activities going on at Highland Terrace, contact Linda Rice at 606-886-1925.

Leatha Shepherd is working on a pillowcase to be donated to the local hospice.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_IMG_2324.jpgLeatha Shepherd is working on a pillowcase to be donated to the local hospice.

By Andrea Saddler

asaddler@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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