, Corbin, KY

August 20, 2012

Pillows too pretty

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Members of the First Baptist Church of Corbin are sewing for a good cause with their new “mission focused” craft club.

“We wanted to do something that would provide both fellowship and a service,” said co-organizer Shari Huff.

The first craft project the club is undertaking is pillowcase dresses that when completed will be sent to the Mango Tree Children’s Home in Haiti, according to Huff. She and her mother-in-law, Pat, started the church craft club to get the church and community involved in mission-based services.

The idea to send the dresses to Haiti came compliments of Huff’s brother-in-law, Dave, who visited the area around a year ago and saw the great need, especially in the orphanages.

“My mother-in-law and our music minister, Paul Sims, were talking about projects that we could do, and they came up with the idea of pillowcase dresses,” Huff said. The original goal was to make 100 dresses to send, and the club has already made around 60. Huff believes the church will surpass that goal of 100 dresses by October when the church plans to send the dresses to Haiti.

“It has been amazing; we have had a good response. It has helped to bring the church and the community together,” Huff said.

The club is making hair bands and decorating flip-flops to complete the ensembles and send to the Mango Tree Children’s Home as well. The orphanage is located in the Santos area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. It currently houses about 70 children between the ages of 2 and 17, with more always needing a home. The area has many displaced children as a result of an earthquake that struck Port-Au-Prince in early January 2010, leaving more than 2 million people homeless. It is estimated that approximately 350,000 orphans lived in Haiti before the earthquake.

“There is just such a need there that we wanted to do something,” Huff said.

Beginning crafters are welcome to participate in the church craft club projects as well, according to Huff.

“There is absolutely no experience necessary. If you can use a pair of scissors, you can help us; we have even had some gentlemen participating,” Huff said.

After this initial project is completed, the club plans on doing another service project, though the project has not been set yet.

“It’s been wonderful to get together and fellowship with one another while working on a project that will help others; my mother-in-law brings snacks and we have a great time,” Huff said.