For the WPT
In a burst of inter-church cooperation, the Mathiston United Methodist Women enlisted the aid of the Clarkson Baptist Church Sewing Ministry to help the Methodist Children’s Home in Jackson.
In October, Mike Duggar, president and CEO of the Methodist Children’s Home, spoke to the Starkville District UMW Annual Meeting about the needs of the children and his wish for each one to have a handmade quilt for his or her very own.
As he spoke, Jessie Frye and Susan Curry of the Mathiston UMW immediately thought of their friend, Ruth Perkins, and the Clarkson Sewing Ministry. The rest of the Mathiston UMW agreed to help the Children’s Home as a project and the Clarkson ladies agreed to make three quilts.
On Nov. 20, the Mathiston contingent led the Duggars to Clarkson to pick up the quilts, which had now become seven quilts. Hearing that the home had three babies at present, the Clarkson women added three baby quilts to their gift. By the time Mike and Chelsey Duggar left to return to the Children’s Home, they had at least 12 quilts.
The Clarkson Baptist Sewing Ministry has created and given away freely thousands of quilts. The ministry does not accept money but will accept fabric of any kind or amount to use in making its quilts.
Members present were Ruth Perkins, Bonnie Burton, Jo and Hazel Avent, Jean Bingham, Ivy Joe Early and Ann Cole. Unable to attend were Shirley Henley, Sonya Roberts, Bammer Dorsey and Albert MacDowell.
The Methodist Children’s Home has 53 children at present and is located on the grounds of the former Baptist Children’s Village. The Methodist Children’s Home has two houses for boys and four houses for girls, as well as foster homes around the state. It cares for abandoned, neglected and mistreated children up to age 18 years.