Cape Girardeau business uses sewing to give back to community

Cape Girardeau business uses sewing to give back to community

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau business turned a sewing class into an opportunity to create gifts for a purpose.

Fifty sewers, mostly women, spent two days in an embroidery class and worked items like bears, pillows, and other things to donate to local charities.

"We are one of the few places that hold this kind of event in Southern Missouri," Golden Needle Sponsor Sheryl Winschel said.

The charities the group plans to give the bears to division of family services, t-shirts and handkerchiefs to the Safe House for Women, pillows to Birthright, and hats to St. Francis Womencare.

"We looked at where the greatest need would be, we knew family services could really use it for their get bags that they give to the kids when they have to place foster children that need a little extra something in their bag," Winschel said.

"We knew that Birthright gives a lot of great things for moms and babies but not necessarily a mom-kind-of-gift so we wanted them to have something to give to moms. The t-shirts and hankies, with special meaningful prayer on them, would be really great and inspirational from them, at birth right and safe house."

Sewers across the Heartland participated in the class coming from Arkansas, Tennessee, southern Illinois and Missouri.

"Everybody was very happy that they were donating in fact some of them wanted to make a few more items," Winschel said.

"So, that we could have even more to give to the charities."

Winschel plans to hold a similar event that will give back to the community in the fall.

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