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DUBLIN — Sometimes the best hobbies are the ones that allow you to share with others.
For Joyce Jones, Ann Quesenberry, Sandra Williams, Frances Parks and Patti Cronk, that hobby is quilting.
Since last summer, this group of women, known as the Red Hat Society Quilters has been working on a project that has allowed them to both put their quilting skills to practice and share the finished product of their hard work with others.
Last week, more than 30 Pulaski County High School students in the classes of George Marunich, Kathy Davis and Renay Ringgold each received a quilt or blanket from the Red Hat Society Quilters.
Ranging in theme from Daffy Duck to Virginia Tech to angels to sports, the quilts covered two large tables, giving the students a wide variety of options.
For the past three years, the members of the Red Hat Society Quilters, who hold their meetings at Bob White Church of God, have participated in similar projects, donating quilts and blankets to local nursing homes, along with benevolent organizations to help needy people within the community.
For the quilters, reaching out to this group of students at PCHS was not just a random act of kindness. It was an act of inspiration.
Jones, a “lunch lady” with the school’s nutrition program, said that through her job, she has gotten to know and even grown close to many of the students through seeing them every day in the lunch room.
However, Jones was inspired to take on this quilting project by one student in particular, a boy named Matthew Martin. She explained that Martin’s main source of mobility is a wheelchair, and with him in that wheel chair, he always carries a blanket or stuffed animals.
Jones said that she knew Martin would really enjoy a new blanket to carry with him and thought that some of his friends and classmates would enjoy them as well. So, she called upon the help of her fellow quilters and the project began.

Judging by the excitement in their voices as the students picked out their quilts and blankets and showed them off to one another, they were pleased with these generous gifts. One student even thanked and hugged the quilters who were present (Jones, Quesenberry and Williams) twice.
“What makes these (quilts) so great is that they’re from the heart,” Marunich said.

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Red Hat Society Quilters help students v

DUBLIN — Sometimes the best hobbies are the ones that allow you to share with others.
For Joyce Jones, Ann Quesenberry, Sandra Williams, Frances Parks and Patti Cronk, that hobby is quilting.
Since last summer, this group of women, known as the Red Hat Society Quilters has been working on a project that has allowed them to both put their quilting skills to practice and share the finished product of their hard work with others.
Last week, more than 30 Pulaski County High School students in the classes of George Marunich, Kathy Davis and Renay Ringgold each received a quilt or blanket from the Red Hat Society Quilters.
Ranging in theme from Daffy Duck to Virginia Tech to angels to sports, the quilts covered two large tables, giving the students a wide variety of options.
For the past three years, the members of the Red Hat Society Quilters, who hold their meetings at Bob White Church of God, have participated in similar projects, donating quilts and blankets to local nursing homes, along with benevolent organizations to help needy people within the community.
For the quilters, reaching out to this group of students at PCHS was not just a random act of kindness. It was an act of inspiration.
Jones, a “lunch lady” with the school’s nutrition program, said that through her job, she has gotten to know and even grown close to many of the students through seeing them every day in the lunch room.
However, Jones was inspired to take on this quilting project by one student in particular, a boy named Matthew Martin. She explained that Martin’s main source of mobility is a wheelchair, and with him in that wheel chair, he always carries a blanket or stuffed animals.
Jones said that she knew Martin would really enjoy a new blanket to carry with him and thought that some of his friends and classmates would enjoy them as well. So, she called upon the help of her fellow quilters and the project began.

Judging by the excitement in their voices as the students picked out their quilts and blankets and showed them off to one another, they were pleased with these generous gifts. One student even thanked and hugged the quilters who were present (Jones, Quesenberry and Williams) twice.
“What makes these (quilts) so great is that they’re from the heart,” Marunich said.

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