Church ladies give to others

Published 10:30 am Thursday, February 19, 2009

They were at it again. Darlene Berhow was sewing a walker caddy for someone at the Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin. JoAnn Strey was knitting a small yellow cap for a Romanian orphan, while Cathy Buck was knitting a pink one.

The occasion was the 2009 Missions Workshop at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin Wednesday.

Every year, members of Westminster’s Presbyterian Women of the Church, or PWC, get together for fellowship and to make handmade items for those in need both locally and abroad.

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Some things are worked on all year long in addition to the workshop before most are sent out in the spring for distribution.

“It’s a good day of fellowship and working together,” said Shirley Hinrichs, co-chair of the event.

Roughly 30 women came for the day, which included five different stations to choose from.

There were hospital bandages to make to send to medical facilities in Africa; the walker caddies; caps, blankets and booties for Romanian children; personal care products to sort through and put together for the Red Cross; and Easter baskets filled with candy, a crossword, a puzzle, a cartoon and personal care items that will be delivered to shut-ins.

“These gals are very talented,” Hinrichs said. “They sew, they knit and are very crafty.”

Some projects take longer than others to complete.

Berhow said it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to finish a walker caddy.

“It depends on how long I talk while doing it,” she said.

A walker caddy is an item that features pockets so those with walkers can store things, while keeping their hands free at the same time.

At the other end of the hall, Strey said she finds knitting relaxing and the cause very satisfying.

She also added that she’s been enjoying the hobby for more than 50 years.

“I know I don’t look much more than 50, but it has been more than 50,” she said.