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A Love for Sewing Turns Into 600 Blankets for the Open Door Mission

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- Homeless children at the open door mission have something to call their own.  All thanks to one woman's love for sewing.

Cutting fabric and sewing up creations comes easy for Joan Parr.

"My daughter had some material for baby blankets and she brought it over and we made ‘em up and it just mushroomed from there," said Parr.

"We, on any given night, are sleeping between one hundred and one hundred fifty homeless children," said Candace Gregory, president of the Open Door Mission.

So Parr single handedly made more than 600 blankets just from pieces of extra fabric and an idea.

"This is one person making a difference all year long in the comfort of her own home," said Gregory.

Parr has been doing this for the last four years.  Her blankets are donated to the Open Door Mission.  Last weeks donation was 32 blankets.  She says each blanket takes six to eight hours to make.  Multiply that times 32 hours—that's a lot of free work to help a child feel warm.

"I wish we had more people like Joan who was quietly just working away, making a difference…that's 32 children having something that was made with love and that they can actually have of their own," said Gregory.

"I do sew a little heart in each corner because I want to send my love with them

There are plenty ways to help the Open Door Mission all year long.  Registration for tutoring is open on its web site.  The Open Door Mission is looking for tutors to volunteer two hours a month to help students of all ages.  There are also volunteer opportunities to serve food in the kitchen outside of the holiday season.  Volunteers can register online or visit the Open Door Mission administration building.

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