Broken Arrow Seniors Inc.

Jamie Knowles, St. John Hospice volunteer coordinator; Jean Benzel, coordinator of the crocheting and quilting groups at Broken Arrow Seniors Inc.; and Shirleyanne Johnson, volunteer with BA Seniors Inc. and St. John Hospice, with blankets that will go to hospice patients

Broken Arrow Seniors Inc. is a busy and bustling center. Happy chatter floats consistently from rooms where crocheting and quilting groups gather at least once during the week.

“We enjoy our fellowship together,” says quilter Tee Higgins. But these women aren’t just having fun.

In 2019 alone the crochet group, which numbers around 30 members, made 200 baby blankets for foster parents, families fleeing domestic violence and young mothers. They crocheted hats for pediatric and adult patients at Tulsa-area cancer centers and made blankets for veterans and hospice patients.

Jamie Knowles, volunteer coordinator at St. John Hospice, says it’s not just the patients who benefit from donations received. “After their loved one has passed away, the family has that blanket to remember them by,” she says.

Then there’s the quilting group at about a dozen members, which has made more than 90 pillows for the Claremore Veterans Center, nearly 30 dresses that a local missionary took to Africa, and countless baby blankets for families seeking shelter at Dayspring Villa. Its latest project is making blankets for children in state custody. Most materials for both groups are donated.

“It’s nice to think someone is going to be nice and warm because of something you created,” Higgins says.

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