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UNSUNG HERO: Ladies of "Hangin' by a Thread" donate homemade quilts to children

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VIENNA -- A group in Vienna is helping children in need across the region. For years, the ladies of "Hangin' By a Thread" have handmade items that sent directly to the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children.

The sound of the sewing machine is heard every Monday from the ladies of Hangin' By a Thread.

"Just a bunch of good Christian ladies doing what we love to do," said member Lula Ann Mount. 

For years the group has been meeting, laughing, and enjoying each others company, all while sewing, stitching and crocheting.

"We involve the different girls in different steps of it, but basically the girls work on their own projects. We found that easier than doing a group project," said group leader Patricia McCann. 

Every project is designed to go to a special child through the Poshard Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children.

"We all feel that this is an outreach for us. It's a wonderful foundation. They do great things," said Patricia. 

For about 10-years the ladies have donated quilts, blankets, stuffed animals, afghans and other handmade items.

"I think every one of us in the group is a mother so we understand if a child hurts we hurt," said Patricia. 

Foundation Executive Director Jo Poshard said the ladies have donated over 500 items worth thousands of dollars.

"Everything they do is done with so much care and attention. It's very important to them that they are helping the community and reaching out," added Jo. 

The foundation was started almost 20-years ago by Jo and her husband Glen. She said it is a resource for organizations, social workers, and case managers who work with abused and neglected kids across over 35 counties.

"We meet individual requests that come for children through different agencies and this is part of what we do. We have great people in the community who want to help us," said Jo. 

Each Fall the foundation has an Advisory Committee meeting when all the agencies are present and able to grab the items they need for the children they serve. When the ladies get a few tubs full, they also drive them to the foundation at John A. Logan.

"I don't think that the women who are participating in this fully understand how many smiles they bring to the faces of children," said Jo.  

Patricia said anyone is welcome to join, even if you don't know how to sew. She said they hope to continue to make the blankets for as long as they can.

"Cause we do it out of the goodness of our hearts. We do it out of love and a wonderful cause," said Patricia. 

"I've often wondered and kind of look around to see if I see a quilt I might know where it came from," added Lula Ann.

The group also makes quilts for military veterans.

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