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The picnic provided by Sylvia Scott catering was a hit. Courtesy photosThe picnic provided by Sylvia Scott catering was a hit. Courtesy photos

DidYouKnow ColumnHeadWe had some serious storms over the last week or so. However, we have been fortunate not to have had horrendous damage as has happened in other states recently.

One organization in our area has helped through their members to support the smallest people affected by tornados and destruction of their homes. I am writing about Quilts for Kids that volunteer group based in Coldspring, founded by Linda Deeter and LaDonyce Hamilton.

Quilts for Kids is a national organization with chapters stretching out across the country. Our local group, a 501c3 non-profit, was asked for help when disaster struck the town of Wynne in Arkansas. The quilters shipped 90 quilts to a church there for distribution. They sent another 90 quilts to Yuma for the same reason.

Do you know that every law enforcement officer, VFD and EMS in our county carries their quilts with them when they are out at work? This is so any child who is injured, or in a crisis, may be comforted by one of the quilts specially made for kids.

The quilts are made only from 100 percent cotton. They accept donations for new material and of course money donations are always welcome for materials, batting and postage. Newborns to 22 years old may be recipients for the beautiful quilts made with love.

The quilters love what they do and welcome other quilters. If you wanted to learn about quilting call the Red Barn in Coldspring to ask for information since classes and retreats are part of LaDonyce’s work. She has a wonderful area specially arranged with sewing machines in the sewing room which is decorated with beautiful quilts.

The group thanks all those who have sponsored their efforts. They appreciate everyone who helps them in this worthy work.

Call the Red Barn Retreat at (936) 653-8222.

•If you want to become a member of either Coldspring or Shepherd chambers of commerce, you can do so by going online and filling out the form. Or call the chamber if you wish.

This next week Nixon Adult Day Care will have ribbon cuttings from both chambers. Located in Shepherd, the day care will have an Open House on Friday from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. To ask for information call them at (936) 628-1200, located at 931 N. Byrd Ave. in Shepherd.

•Shepherd Library was sad to see part time assistant Crystale Thompson leave. She has been a creative and energetic worker in the library and was a great addition.

Director Terri McIntyre has had volunteer to help since she left but this has not closed the gap left by Crystale. I am happy to say she will soon have a new part-time assistant. Last week interviews were held with the group of applicants and the City Council will vote on the best choice for the position. Look for more details on this next week when we have the name of the new person in the library.

The library is getting ready for their summer program. Don’t forget to enroll your child when it is time to travel back to the dinosaur age, to just to begin the journey. The Time Machine is being built to carry travelers back to different ages.

Call (936) 628-3515 for information.

•Recently we had a small picnic outside for some friends. About 20 people ate picnic food with the favorite being the banana pudding dessert, although the chocolate cake was scrumptious too. Sandwiches, both hot and cold, fruit salad, selections of fixings for some hot sandwiches and more were all catered by Sylvia Scott.

This is a local business and I have used Sylvia several times to cater events. She served the food and drinks, cleared them away afterwards and everyone loved her food. If you need her for a family reunion or some other event, call her at (713) 299-1524.

Vendors for July 1 Independence Day event may sign up on line or call me at the chamber number. Spaces are $20 . This is a great time for non-profit organizations to give out info on their work, get a table for this inside the Community Center.

Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.

Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.

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