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It all began in 1998, about 28 years ago, when a visit to a children’s home in Reynosa indicated a need for comforters for their beds. A that time 30 comforters were made and presented to the home. 

During the summer an appeal was made for fabric, threads, yarns, sheets and sewing machines. Park Place residents answered the call by attending garage sales and estate sales. Upon hearing the need, donations were given by several companies.

In the 1998 to 1999 seasons, 1,000 comforters were completed. Since then this the project has grown by leaps and bounds. A storage unit was built to hold the fabric and tubs of sheets purchased for the project, which are stored according to size.

A variety of other things have been made along the way. Jumpers, turbans for cancer patients, receiving blankets, layettes, and lap robes are just a few of the projects completed.  Dresses made from pillow slips were given to the local food pantry for distribution. A comforter and afghan were given to two Park Place residents on Veterans Day.

When fabric is donated it is sorted according to use in the comforter project or given to other groups that make toys for the hospital or afghans for the Ronald McDonald House or nursing homes.

Over 50 ladies are involved in cutting, laying out blocks, sewing and knotting the comforters.  After the comforters are knotted, hems are pinned in and later sewn before being distributed. By the end of the 2007-2008 season, 6000 comforters had been completed and distributed.  The 10,000th comforter was completed in December 2016.

And the Park Place ladies keep on sewing, making comforters and other items for the needy!

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