Winter Projects

Readers share what keeps them busy during the cold months.

| January/February 2011

  • Sewing
    Sewing keeps Jessica busy and allows her to help the less fortunate.
    Brian Orr
  • Organizing Photos
    John organizes photos and puts them into album each winter.
    iStockphoto.com/Eliza Snow
  • Crafty Artwork
    Ursula's Brother Against Brother artwork was a gift to her husband.

  • Sewing
  • Organizing Photos
  • Crafty Artwork

Winter Allows Time to Make Gifts for Those Less Fortunate

Winter is a time for cooking, merry-making and spending time with family. And it’s also a time for focusing on those less fortunate.

For the past couple years, I have been making scarves for those who can’t afford to buy them. I go to craft and fabric stores whenever there is a good sale on fleece fabric. Then I return home with my purchases and spend endless hours running my sewing machine.

After mountains of scarves pile up in my workroom, I heave the bulging bags of winter gear into the car and deliver them to our local open-door food kitchen, where they are distributed to those who need them.



The greatest reward for me these past couple winters hasn’t been the countless gifts I’ve received, but the joy of having helped others. And imagine my happiness when I volunteer to serve at the food kitchen each chilly season and see dozens of people lined up bundled in the very scarves I made.

The little girls wrapped in pink fleece twirling around make me smile, and it more than makes worthwhile the time I spent making them – much more so than wrapping some random present and topping it with a pretty bow.






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