Stitching it up

Craig woman donates time and sewing talent to help wounded veterans

Craig resident Mary Walters has been sewing nearly all her life.

Now she has an outlet big enough for her passion.

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For almost a year, Walters has been a volunteer for Sew Much Comfort, an organization with the mission to provide custom-made clothing, free of charge, to America's injured service members.

Walters said spending her time volunteering for Sew Much Comfort is rewarding.

"It is for me," said Walters, who spends 20 to 30 hours each week in her sewing room.

Walters began sewing when she was 13-years-old. Throughout her life, she's done plenty of work for her family, sewed for the public and ran a doll repair store.

Retiring from the Moffat County School District after 21 years, she knew she was going to get into sewing.

She didn't know it was going to be this much.

Or this rewarding.

Her husband, David Walters, tipped her with some information on the program one night while corresponding with fellow Vietnam veterans.

It was the perfect match for Walters, senior vice president of the VFW Post No. 4265 Ladies Auxiliary.

Now, tucked away in her sewing room, Walters buzzes back and forth, from the sewing machine, to the ironing board, back to the sewing machine and over to the table to cut more fabric and repeat.

She doesn't stay at one station for more than a few minutes, and judging by the amount of fabric stationed throughout her shop, she moves out a lot of clothing.

Despite her productivity, the natural seamstress is looking for volunteers and donations.

She said anyone willing to help or become involved with Sew Much Comfort should call her at 824-2923.

Walters primarily needs volunteers to cut fabric. Also, she has to wash all materials that go through her shop, so she is in constant need of laundry detergent.

"It's all volunteer," Walters said. "If they're willing to do it for our service men, that's what I do it for."

John Henry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or jhenry@craigdailypress.com.

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