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Many Wilson County Schools elementary and middle school children will be warmer on this year’s cold days because of the St. Therese Catholic Church women’s group’s efforts.
Some 35 of the group’s 80 members gathered hats, gloves and socks and made scarves in the last two weeks for a “Bundle Up for Winter” drive.
Maureen Hooper, chairwoman of the group, had the idea of supplementing the WCS central office coat closet with smaller items to keep the children warm.
Hooper is an administrative assistant for Cheryl Wilson, assistant superintendent for Wilson County Schools.
The St. Therese women’s group has a history of helping the schools. The group has adopted Vinson-Bynum Elementary School.
“Last year we adopted about 10 students from Wilson County Schools who we felt might kind of fall through the cracks and were really special needs children and supplied them with everything from clothes to coats to socks to toys,” Hooper said.
A crafty bunch of the women got together and made more than 200 scarves for the children.
“It was a really fun event,” Hooper said. “We bought the fleece, and then five or six women brought their cutting boards last Tuesday night and literally cut the fleece into scarves, and then there was another group of women who took their scissors and either fringed up the ends or knotted up the ends.”
On Monday, the elementary and middle school principals came by the church and picked up items they needed at their schools.
“It gives us a sense of fellowship within our women’s group,” Hooper said. “We always try to outreach to the community.”