Local Gathering Stitchers make ‘goody bags’ for North Dundas Meals on Wheels clients

Seen in image above: The members of the Gathering Stitchers. (Left to right) Lois Beckstead, Betty Vanden Bosch, Lynn Marcellus, Kathleen St. Denis, Me (Thea Chouinard), Andree Desormeaux (holding a sample of the coin purses they created), Helen Holmes and Shirley Coons. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — In the spirit of giving, the Gathering Stitchers volunteered their time on Wednesday to put together ‘goody bags’ including a variety of candies, notepads, snacks, and treats for all North Dundas Meals on Wheels recipients.

Over the past month the group has met twice a week to make fabric coin purses to include in the goody bags. 

Seen in image above: Bags were filled with goodies for both female and male recipients. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

This is the fifth year in a row this generous group of ladies have made these bags. In the past they have made placemats, mug rugs, bookmarks, and last year they made quilted candy baskets.

The bags will be delivered today to 50 North Dundas residents along during the regular Meals on Wheels route.

Club coordinator and quilting teacher Thea Chouinard, her husband Bernie, and members of the group pitched in to cover the cost of the supplies.

Seen in image above: (left to right) Helen Holmes, Shirley Coons, Lois Beckstead, Lynn Marcellus, and Andrée Desormeaux working together to fill the bags. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

There were also 10 extra bags made for other community members in need of a Christmas ‘pick-me-up.’

Team Leader of the Carefor Nor-Dun Center Caroline Rooney paid a visit and thanked the ladies for their efforts. 

Seen in image above: Rooney embraced all the ladies out of gratitude for their hard work and generosity. Rooney hugged Gathering Stitchers member Kathleen St. Denis. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

She said they “lovingly worked hard” on the coin purses and thanked them from the “bottom of my heart”.

The ladies, also have an ongoing initiative making heart-shaped pillows for recovering cancer and surgical patients at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.

The Gathering Stitchers meet every Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gathering House. Chouinard explained that on Wednesdays members bring in their own projects from home to work on and on Fridays she teaches a small project.

“There is no fee and everyone is welcome,” she added.

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