Sewing Group Stitches Threads of Love for Newborns

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --Each stitch taken by an area church sewing group is a labor of love. More than a dozen women come together weekly to provide one of the most basic human needs - warmth and comfort - to  families at area hospitals.

For more than 15 years, with the help of donations of cash and materials, a group of ladies at Sunset Church in Springfield has sewn thousands of pieces of baby clothing and other baby essentials for CoxHealth Branson. The volunteers are determined to make a difference, one stitch at a time.

Many women sew or knit at home and drop off items later, but there's a core group of women who meet on a regular basis.

"Helps you realize that you're doing something very worth while I think. The glory goes to God not to us for what we do," explains Phyliss Schmitt, a longtime volunteer.

For Schmitt, every stitch came with smiles, conversation, and love.

"It's in hope that's going to bless a family so I enjoy doing it and hopefully it helps them."

While there are machines that can make almost any stitch,the group of more than 25  are dedicated to preserving the art of hand sewing and fine needlework.

Evelyn Wilson has been volunteering for more than a decade and tells KOLR10, "We're just hands, we work with our hands. We're God's hands actually, that's kind of what we do."

Wilson says members share a common thread. "Really there's just no words. It's just what we do. We just love it. We wouldn't be here if we didn't love it."

These women ranging in age from 50 to 91 once strangers, find common purpose and friendship in their passion for sewing and helping babies get off to a good start.

"If we don't share what we have and help somebody out we're missing out."

Parents Ben and Charity Gibson are thankful for the gift after their newborn daughter Eila came 10 days early.

"I'll admit we were throwing things frantically in a bag yesterday because we weren't expecting her to come quite so soon. There were things we overlooked so to have those appear in the gift bag was very nice," explains Gibson.

It's a gift the Gibson family will cherish."They not only bought things, but they made it. Which to me is very special because you can't always go out and find those home made things anymore."

Each package of love contains a handmade blanket, hat, toy, and a couple of outfits.

"The little hat I'm definitely going to hold onto. You can tell that's homemade. This is the first outfit she's ever worn so probably be hold onto that to."

Dozens of hands stitching together memories.

"Not only do we have our family supporting us",We don't know who they are. We have no idea who these babies are, says Wilson. "But are thinking about us even before she came," adds Gibson. "But every baby is important," says Wilson.

"Really makes us feel loved and cared about. Which is nice from the people in the community," explains Gibson.

The Sunset Church sewing group also delivers to Cox Monett.

The group delivered more than 200 packages last year, but with a new sewing machine they are hoping to serve a lot more people.


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