Volunteer Spirit: "Sewing Hands" keeps kids warm

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- You might think it's a home economics class, but the professor teaches Criminal Justice.

Some of Sharon Randolph's students (and any others from South College) faculty, and staff helped bind blankets for kids in Rural Appalachia.

A total of 98 blankets and quilts will warm up an entire school.

South College student Scott Smith says, "We're a close knit family, so anything we can do to help the community we're always willing."

Randolph is a former probation officer. She says, "You get tough, you get tough, but this is the softer side of me. I like this side. My dad died two years ago. Wanted to keep mother busy and do something in his memory."

That's how "Sewing Hands" began.

Debbie Nichols is Sharon's mother who came up from Florida to help out.

She says, "I am excited about it, I am thrilled. These students have come out to help us with the children. It just brings smiles to their face. And that's what we want."

The mother daughter duo guides students, faculty and staff, anyone who shows up - to bind blankets for an entire school in Rural Appalachia.

Sharon says, "One of the little girls went to the principal and I guess they have secret Santa and she asked if secret Santa could bring blankets. Now for a child not to ask for a video game or anything, that was the right school for us to pick."

Michelle Roberts took time out of studying for exams, "Little kids always catch my heart. I have two myself and to know there are some out there that need warmth, it's worth it. Well worth it."

Sharon and her mother will deliver the blankets themselves to the school On October 1st, just in time for the cooler weather.

Sharon has a blog about "Sewing Hands."

Grab the link to check it out.


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