Stitches of Hope receives $1,200 Helping Hand to make quilts for cancer patients
If you or someone you know has had cancer and gone through chemotherapy, you know how hard those treatments can be.
An organization called Stitches of Hope aims to make that experience a little easier and a little warmer.
Inside Damascus Road Church in Derby, anywhere from 15 to 30 women gather to sew quilts. Despite none of the women going to this church, it allows them to store a lot of their materials and use the building twice a month.
Their group is called Stitches of Hope. They make lap quilts and give them to Victory in the Valley, which then gives them to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
"To me, quilts are a comfort and love. They show that somebody cares for them, and loves them and is concerned for them," said Judy Modlin.
They've been doing this for at least 10 years. Judy Modlin has been with them most of that time, and now heads it.
"To be able to go ahead and do quilting for them, it's an honor for me. It's a love and an honor," said Modlin.
So far, they've made more than 4,300 quilts, each one presented during fashion show so they can recognize each other's work. They're then hand delivered to Victory in the Valley Where there's another chance to appreciate the fine quilting.
"It's always fun to see what they bring us. They're always different. It's kind of an unveiling. We like to see what they've got for us," said Benita Baker.
And that's the cycle. Drop off finished quilts, while continuing to gather donations and scrap fabric so they can always make more.
Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers then surprised them with the Helping Hand and $1,200 to help them continue their efforts.
You're serious? Oh my gosh, yay!" said Modlin. "I'm speechless. For us to be speechless that's shocking. Every time something like this happens, we just say, 'Thank you Lord'."
Their gratitude was still evident when they met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James.
"Thank you so much for what you do for our community and we're so excited to give you this helping hand grant," DeVaugh said. "Thank you for this wonderful donation. We thank you for the wonderful donation that you've given to our group."