Nimble fingers are sewing gifts for veterans who use wheelchairs, and they could use your help.
Donna Bruner, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 118 in Amherst, said about 250 residents of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky use wheelchairs.
The unit aims to make carry-all bags for as many of those veterans as possible.
Made from tough, durable denim and other materials, the caddies can be used to store oxygen tanks, clothing, cookies, notebooks used by vets with speech disabilities, and more. They are designed to be easily slung over the handles of wheelchairs and each bears the Unit 118 logo.
Christine Burman, first vice president for the Amherst unit, said auxiliary members already have a good start on making the bags. About 25 are ready and Burman and Bruner want to soon deliver about 50 to the Sandusky home.
Working from a pattern provided by the Department of Ohio Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary District 5, pre-cut pieces take about half an hour for Amherst volunteers to assemble. Helping with the effort have been Linda Sexton, Gayle Miraldi, and Karen Dropco.
It takes about $50 worth of denim to make seven bags. Other, less-durable materials can be used too for about $3 to $9 per bag.
Donations are needed. Checks can be made out to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 118, 921 North Lake St., Amherst, OH 44001 (make sure to note your donation is for wheelchair caddies). Denim, patriotic material, and volunteers are also needed.
“This is what the auxiliary does. We serve. We do it for our veterans,” said Bruner, who for two years has yearned to get a caddy-making program underway.
For more information, call the Legion post at 440-984-3662.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.