For nearly 50 years, volunteers with the Crazy Ladies of Tyrand Cooperative Ministries in Mill Creek have been gathering almost every Wednesday, September through May, anxious and willing to serve by giving of their time and talents to make crafts, sew and make beautiful quilts.
The activity room is filled with sock monkeys, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, aprons for children and adults, baby quilts, bed quilts, throws, quilted wall hangings, pillow tops, crocheted blankets and scarves, etc.
The ladies also are learning something new. Recently Elkins Sewing Center donated a Mega Quilter machine and frame, which the women are anxious to master.
The Crazy Ladies of Tyrand Cooperative Ministries meet regularly and support the community. From left, in front, are Becky Judy, Juanita Hunter and Thelma Judy; and in back are Marty Litten, June Semenick, Irene Swecker, Avis Forinash and Bonnie Allen.
The group works to funds for the annual Christmas Store for local families. The store has toys and clothing to ensure that needy children have a memorable Christmas.
It's not all work for these volunteers. During the day, they have lunch together, share monthly birthday cakes and lots of laughter and an occasional heartache.
"We really need more volunteers," said Belinda Toms, director of Tyrand, adding that transportation options are available to anyone who'd like to participate.
Anyone with experience with crafts or anyone who would enjoy learning is welcome to join.
In addition, monetary donations for the Christmas Store can be mailed to Tyrand Ministries, P.O. Box 365 Mill Creek, WV 26280, to help provide a happy holiday for local children.
More information is available at 304-335-2788.