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Sewing ladies are 'making a difference'

In a room filled with cloth scraps, thread, and needles Helen Hansmeier, Hazel Hildahl, and Dot Chappelear are hard at work.

"We do all the mending that they need to have done. We do that for not only the residents, but the staff and employees," said Hansmeier.

The three ladies have been volunteering at the Western Home in Cedar Falls for quite some time now.

"18 years," said Hansmeier.

"20 years," said Hildahl.

"Oh, I'm not sure," said Chappelear.

The ladies only work a few hours every Friday, but this is something they really love to do.

"It's fulfilling to know you are helping somebody," said Chapelear.

Haisemeir says she volunteers because she wants to give back to a place that helped her family.

"My mother was here for a while. My in-laws were here for a while and I just feel like I owe them something. And I love the residents. I want to do it for them," said Hansmeier.

Sewing for a good cause, but even Hazel will tell you, you don't have to know how to sew well to be able to help.

"All I did was sew on buttons and snaps at the beginning for a few years. It was easy and then I learned from there," said Hildahl.

If you would like to find more volunteer opportunities visit the Volunteer Center of The Cedar Valley's web site at:

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