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January 6, 2014

Northern Notes: Volunteers create 'foot' pillows

Volunteers from the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center recently completed their second annual “Pillow Project,” almost doubling the number of pillows created in 2012.

The project was launched after Senior Center participant and group leader Judy Morford shared her idea of making “foot” pillows, a project she had done for family members and wanted to share with others. Together volunteers made 128 pillows the first year. This year, 251 pillow of all sizes, shapes and colors were donated to the Crawford County Christian Help Center to help in their aid to families in the community.

Many people donated materials, cut patterns, did the sewing and stuffing to create the pillows and make a difference in the lives of others in their community. Project participants included Judy Morford, Nancy MacDonald, Diana Doremire, Pat Sanders, Sharon Varisco, Rita Schlehuber, Ginny Watson, Nancy Wells, Casey Dryer, Kellie McPhee, Betty McPhee, Mary Kay Zienart, Connie Sedgwick, Nancy McLachlon, Sheri Adzigian, Ruth Beckwith, Arlene Dipzinski, Ann Doty, Cora Flowers, Bonnie French, Sharron Hagerman, Carolyn Rakoczy, Lisa Watson and Chery Starr.


Benzonia Public Library on U.S. 31 in Benzonia would like to remind area residents that it is a donation site for Mrs. Mullen’s Closet, part of the Benzie Central Schools Educational Foundation, which provides clothing to children in need at Benzie County elementary schools.

At this time of year, there is a real need for water/snow-resistant gloves and mittens, snow pants and sweat pants, socks and underwear, primarily for school children up to sixth grade. Monetary donations also are appreciated.

Library staff can give donors a receipt, but cannot assign a monetary value for donated items. To learn more, call the library, 882-4111.


Seniors at St. Francis High School had a day off from school recently to lend a hand at local charitable organizations. The students helped out at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, the Women’s Resource Center and the Father Fred Foundation, as well as at the five local parishes and schools.

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