October 10, 2012
A group of 12-15 residents at The Legacy at North Augusta--A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va., put smiles on the faces of 1,051 local-area children this year with hand-crafted stuffed animals and pillows.
In 2011 the group lovingly created and stuffed 1,068 animals and 162 pillows that were donated to children at the Augusta Free Dental Clinic, Kluge Rehabilitation Center, and Augusta Health. To date in 2012, 880 animals have been gifted, along with 171 pillows. The group, founded three years ago, has created more than 3,600 items since its inception.
Patterns and fabric for the animals are carefully chosen based on the season, then various members embark on tracing, cutting, sewing and stuffing. And while the work can be tedious at times, these crafters say it is all worth it to assuage the fears or anxiety a child might have when visiting the dentist or hospital.
"We put a lot of work into it, but I think the [children] appreciate it and we enjoy doing it too," Emma Grant, co-founder of this crafting club said in her interview with Channel 3. Watch the full interview below.
WHSV Channel 3 came out to profile the residents' compassion and handiwork on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Like residents at all National Lutheran communities, a deep sense of giving back and civic-mindedness is always present. The spirit of every National Lutheran community actively embraces serving others. Residents put that into action each day, not only caring for one another, but caring for those beyond the physical walls of their respective retirement community.