Valley Club ’Serging’ Ahead

Local Stitchers Band Together To Sew For People In Need

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Posted: March 13, 2014

Cindy Alger of Harrisonburg works on a “protect-a-port pillow” during the first Sewing For A Cause Club gathering at Ragtime Fabrics in Harrisonburg on Wednesday. The volunteers, in partnership with Sentara RMH Volunteer Services, are stitching pillows that wrap around shoulder straps of seat belts to protect medication-delivery ports attached to the chest of patients receiving chemotherapy. Ragtime is fulfilling a longtime goal of spreading kindness with the formation of the club. (Photo by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Sewing for a Cause volunteer Deb Mitchell stitches a pillow at the shop on West Market Street in downtown Harrisonburg. The club held its inaugural meeting on Wednesday and plans to meet the second Wednesday of each month.
Mildred Sealey (center), an employee at Ragtime Fabrics, helps volunteer Valerie Stephens (left) with the sewing machine as fellow volunteer Deb Mitchell (right) gets ready for a new pillow during the first Sewing for a Cause Club meeting on Wednesday. Sealey says the club is a way for the store to give back to the community. Ragtime supplies materials and machines for volunteers.

HARRISONBURG — After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, Ragtime Fabrics coordinated a volunteer effort to make quilts for the victims of the deadly storm.

One year and 180…

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