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T GALS make a difference
RUMFORD- Walking into the American Legion Post 24 when The Giving Angel Lady Stitchers are there is like walking into an old-time quilting bee. With tables covered in batting, sewing machines, fabric and other stitching accoutrements, the women are making the most of the time they have before the end of the month when they will present deserving veterans with their handcrafted wraps of warmth.
The 15 or so women who make up the two T GALS groups have been working on the covers up to 10 hours a week since May and trying to get as many as they can completed before the weekend. They want to observe Make a Difference Day, observed nationally to remember to help others.
“We want to let them know we appreciate what they’ve done for us,” noted Arlene Thibeau. “It’s our way of remembering them and thanking them for protecting our country, and keeping us safe.”
Each quilt, unique in its’ own way, will soon be completed and donated to veterans throughout the area. Their colors vary from pinks and purples to greens, blues and grays, as well as their depictions of various animals, American flags, golfers and other eye-catching patterns.
At this point, the women have 14 quilts completed and won’t be able to reach all area veterans, but will have a start.
“If anyone in the area would like to help by donating a finished quilt we would gladly accept it,” noted Thibeau. “We ask that the dimensions be at least 44 x 58 so the vets can wrap up comfortably. They can be any design.”
The T GALS have partnered with area businesses in order to get the covers created. They meet at the donated space of the Rumford American Legion Post 24, other gracious sponsors have been Hannaford, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Marden’s and Dunkin Donuts.
“We’re so grateful for the businesses that have reached out to us,” noted Thibeau. “I think they understand the importance of the quilts be donated to our veterans. It’s a great thing.”
Anyone wishing to donate quilting goods, food for the T GALS work days or a finished quilt, can contact Arlene Thibeau by calling 369-0273.