What started out as a way to raise funds for members of the Grovetown Senior Citizens Center to have fun has become an artistic endeavor.
The members of the center are making a yo-yo coverlet to raffle off in an attempt to raise money to allow them to do different activities.
Geovetown Senior Center Citizens members Ruby Reville (from left), Wanda Schumaker, Veda Rockefeller, Jeanette Giles and Wilma Kitchens helped male a yo-yo coverlet to be raffled off.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the center during an arts and crafts bazaar. Tickets for the raffle are $1 and are available at the Grovetown Senior Citizens Center.
Wilma Kitchings, a member of the center, said the coverlet, although similar to a quilt, is not a quilt.
"It's something like a quilt, but it's not a quilt, because it doesn't have a backing on it," she explained.
She said the members of the center wanted to diversify their activities, but finances stood in the way. So they decided to have a fund-raiser.
She said the members of the center have not decided what the specific activities might be, because that depends on how much money they raise.
"We might take a trip," she said. It would not be a long trip, something they could do in a single day, she said.
"Or we could go out to dinner," she added.
Luereather Vinson-Cobb, a member of the center, said many of the people who have worked on the coverlet are ages 80 and older and are still very active.
"A lot of these people are 83, 84 years old and still drive their cars," Vinson-Cobb said. "One is 91."
The coverlet originally was the idea of Jeannette Giles, but she has been sick, so others have taken up the effort, she said.
"Everybody donated materials," Kitchings said.
Yo-yo coverlets are made by cutting cloth into small circles, about the size of a yo-yo, she explained. The circles are then gathered at the top and sewn together to make the coverlet. They serve as decorations for beds.
The coverlet being made by the senior citizens will measure 90 inches by 100 inches when finished, Kitchings said.
That size would be suitable for a double or queen-size bed, she said.
Eight members of the center have been working on the coverlet since January, she said.
"We had some who cut the material and some who sewed the material," Kitchings said.
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