T-Gals: Local women sew quilts to honor veterans

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A group of women from Rumford, Mexico, Carthage and Turner hold quilts they made to present to area veterans on Make A Difference Day on Saturday.

RUMFORD — A group of  women who call themselves T-Gals will present area veterans with handmade quilts Saturday as part of the nationwide Make A Difference Day.

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Quilts made by a group of women from Rumford, Mexico, Carthage and Turner are displayed at the American Legion Post 24 hall in Rumford. The quilts will be presented to area veterans on Make A Difference Day on Saturday.

The T-Gals, which stands for The Giving Angel Lady Stitchers, said they knew exactly what they wanted to do for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 27, a day dedicated to community service.

"We chose to sew quilts for our veterans," Arlene Thibeau said, "and on Saturday, we'll be bringing them to the veterans' houses." The quilts are "a way to thank our veterans for their service to our nation, and fighting to protect us."

The eight women from Rumford, Mexico, Carthage and Turner had donations from the Fraternal Order of Eagles auxiliary, Rumford House of Pizza, Hannaford and Dunkin' Donuts. American Legion Post 24 allowed them to use its hall for sewing and brewed coffee for them in the morning.

Thibeau said anyone who wants to make a quilt for veterans or donate money to buy materials for more quilts is welcome to do so.

"We ask that the dimensions of the quilt are 44 by 58 so that they will cover the men and women we give them to," she said.

With such a small number of T-Gals, they were not able to make as many quilts as they wished, she said.

"We can't do all the quilts by ourselves," Thibeau said. "Every little bit helps."

Information on Make A Difference Day is available online at www.usaweekend.com/section/mdday


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Amedeo Lauria's picture

God Bless you ladies...

...thanks for thinking about our Veteran's and putting words into action! Hoo-ah!

Fred Stone's picture


It would be nice to have names of those represented in the photo.


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