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Jackson Scrappers Quilt Guild spreads generosity

Members of the Jackson Scrappers Quilt Guild met at Jackson Riverside Regional Library Oct. 24 to make Christmas ornaments for veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape, and for residents in other area nursing homes. From left are: Vivian Shea, Beth Vegiard, Rebekah Wilson, President Donna Kiel, Linda Tansil and Jean Cole. Photo by Gregory Dullum

Jackson Scrappers Quilt Guild, established in 2020, is a new quilting guild led by Donna Kiel, president.

Super busy focusing on the community, the 30-member guild consists of “some very talented ladies,” according to Kiel.

Monthly they adopt a charity, and they have donated cookies to the Jackson Police Department and Jackson Fire Rescue. During the current six-month period, cookies are being delivered to Jackson Fire Rescue.

The Wake Foundation flies veterans and their companions to Washington, D.C., for free in a project called “Honor Flight.” When the veterans return, a banquet is held. Collaboratively, Jackson Scrappers Quilt Guild and the River Heritage Quilt Guild presented 30 veterans with quilts at their banquet in Poplar Bluff on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Another joint project was to make 100 patriotic pillow cases celebrating Veterans Day for the veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.

On Oct. 24, members of the Guild made Christmas-themed ornaments at Jack-son’s Riverside Regional Library. They will be presented to veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home and to residents of two or three Jackson nursing homes, depending on the number of residents in the homes and the amount of ornaments made.

Annually, on July 4, the Guild presents 100 patriotic ornaments for veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home. They can be used as decorations or as coasters for their drinks.

Their focus on local charities has also benefited Habitat for Humanity, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, the Humane Society, the Food Bank, the Life House in Cape Girardeau (construction is currently underway).

Warm and beautiful quilts were made for a mother and her three children when they take ownership of their Habitat for Humanity home. And plans for the future Life House, whose construction is being achieved by Catholic Charities, include 15 twin-sized quilts for the mothers who will stay there and 15 baby-sized quilts for their babies.

Their donations also include heart ornaments, men’s tee shirts and socks.

The Jackson Scrappers Quilt Guild meets every third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at Delmonico’s Steak House in Jackson. Anyone interested in joining the group can drop in and visit any meeting. No experience is required to become a member, and no sewing machine is necessary.

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