Monday, December 23, 2013

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree...

These imaginative stuffed monsters and animals are just a sampling of the items made by the women in a local prison crafting program. I brought them out of the prison in time to get them to local charitable agencies for Christmas distribution.


The program is part of a faith and character initiative, and the women who participate have to meet certain positive behavior standards. They love coming to the workroom to sew and craft, so they protect the integrity of the program very carefully. Here are a few of the dolls they've made.


The quilts they make are simple, tied, lap-size ones. These go to veteran's and children's agencies. The women rely on donated materials, and they make very creative use of all of it, with plenty of flair. Quilters and other supporters have been very generous with donations of batting, fabrics, fiber fill, yarn and more.




The ladies crochet a variety of hats for chemotherapy patients and homeless shelters. And the tote beneath the hats is an example of another project. They make dozens of these roomy bags for domestic crisis programs. Everything the women make is donated to the community. They love the opportunity to give back and to develop hand-crafting and sewing skills. I've enjoyed my association as a volunteer with the program, and see many benefits and blessings, both to the women and those they serve... and to their volunteers! Thought I'd take this opportunity to share the good work they do.


3 comments:

Robbie said...

What a wonderful program!! I'm always so interested to see what the ladies make...and what a perfect time of year...it is all about giving isn't it...you give your time and talent...women do the same...just goes around doesn't it! Merry Christmas, my friend. Hope to see you soon!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing. This is such a wonderful project, a win/win for everyone. I wish I were closer so I could participate.

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

What a great thing for the women to be able to do with their time. I bought some 'prison dolls' while on vacation this year and they are absolutely exquisite. I have rarely seen such beautiful work. Just dropping in to say I'm quite ashamed of myself for not visiting my blogging friends much these past months. Life is getting in the way, however, in a good way. Hoping 2014 will bring you everything you need and all you long for. May it be a gentle and kind one for all of us. hugs, Donna