Heritage Pointe of Warren sewing room volunteers have busy 2018

The Heritage Pointe of Warren sewing volunteers are (front from left) Diane Winkler, Carol Tribolet, Ellen Embry and Ruth Herring; and (back row from left) Janice Jordan-Ryan, Linda Kreiger, Marge Reinke, Marge Blair and Joyce Buzzard. Not pictured are Coleen and Bob Midwood, Roselyn Poulson, Linda Colbart, Mona Fletcher, Mary Zoda, Mary Daugherty, Phylis Hubartt and Colleen McMillan.
The Heritage Pointe of Warren sewing volunteers are (front from left) Diane Winkler, Carol Tribolet, Ellen Embry and Ruth Herring; and (back row from left) Janice Jordan-Ryan, Linda Kreiger, Marge Reinke, Marge Blair and Joyce Buzzard. Not pictured are Coleen and Bob Midwood, Roselyn Poulson, Linda Colbart, Mona Fletcher, Mary Zoda, Mary Daugherty, Phylis Hubartt and Colleen McMillan. Photo provided.

The Sewing Room volunteers at Heritage Pointe of Warren were very busy in 2018. Volunteers gather and enjoy visiting as they sew, quilt and crochet. In the past year alone, the “sewing ladies” made items to be donated to area hospitals, abuse centers, homeless shelters, hospice patients, the Warren food pantry and the Heritage Pointe daycare. These donations included 384 dolls, 392 bears, 205 hats for cancer patients and 305 heart pillows for those having heart surgery.

Other donations have very specific uses like the octopus-shaped snugglers, which have been found to help NICU babies thrive by simulating the feel of the umbilical cord in the womb. Additionally, more than 600 port pillows were made to provide comfort to those receiving IV treatments.
The volunteers’ outreach doesn’t stop locally, but extends globally as they have made it their mission to help clothe children in Africa by making dresses and shorts. Over 100 items were sent to Africa for this cause in 2018.

The ladies in the group continue to have a heart for their own community as well. One example of this is volunteer Ruth Herring, who has personally made over 40 quilts for veterans who have lived at Heritage Pointe of Warren. In the past, volunteers have also made wall hangings, towels for the beauty shop and rice bags for resident pain relief.

In order to make all of these donations, volunteers have received donations from local townspeople, other residents and businesses. Matilda Jane Clothing, of Fort Wayne, has donated their material toward these projects. Also, Smith Brothers, of Berne, has donated the stuffing for pillows and dolls.

The volunteers also sew items to be sold in the Heritage Pointe gift shop, which include neck pillows, pot holders, aprons and baby items. They also continue to mend clothing, hem pants and repair zippers. While most of the sewing volunteers reside somewhere on the Warren campus, some are from the community. Those who enjoy sewing are invited to join them on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Heritage Pointe of Warren sewing room. For questions or to make a donation, call 375-2201 ext. 4237.