Logan women sew bibs for veterans

By WIlliam Thompson: Quay County Sun

Amarillo Veterans Hospital recently put out a call for volunteers to sew terry cloth bibs for patients at the hospital and an adjacent nursing facility. A group of Logan women answered, completing 200 bibs and more than 100 lap quilts for injured and sickly veterans.

Bea Scott, of Veterans Volunteer Services for New Mexico, got some of her friends from Logan’s American Legion Post 77 Auxiliary to spend their Wednesdays sewing bibs.

“These are adult-sized bibs for veterans who are partially paralyzed or for young soldiers returning from Iraq with missing limbs,” Scott said. “We’ve got a lot of veterans coming back from Iraq that need to be fed. Often, the soldiers who return with missing limbs are shell-shocked and are too nervous to feed themselves.”

Allen Evans, commander of Post 77, said post members decided to donate $500 to the auxiliary to purchase cloth for the bibs. Judy Casadas said she and a core group of six women spent six or seven Wednesdays sewing together at the American Legion Post Bingo Hall in Logan.

“I did every bit of the binding for the bibs,” Casadas said. “It was really fun at the start. It got to be a little tedious but in the end it was fun overall. Our main objective is to help the veterans.”

Scott said the hospital needs a total of 1,000 bibs, so the Logan women are seeking more volunteers to help sew an additional 800 bibs.

“We’ll start in about two weeks once the bolts of cloth arrive,” she said.

Andrea Chavez sewed more than 100 lap blankets all by herself.

“It just feels good,” said Chavez. “It’s what the blankets are for that’s important.”

All sewed up

To volunteer to sew bibs and blankets for veterans, call Bea Scott at 487-2802 or 487-2805