TUCSON, AZ–Women all over Southern Arizona have been celebrating the 171st anniversary of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by participating in service projects and/or special dinner events organized around the region. The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world.Relief Society was established in March 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its mission is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Its motto, “Charity Never Faileth”, can be seen through the service rendered by its members across the world.
Locally women from Marana and parts of West Tucson have been working together to make lap blankets for residents at a local care center. The project started on March 16th when women from the area gathered at a local church with their scissors, sewing machines, fabric, and other supplies. They pressed and ironed fabric before they cut the fabric into squares. Other groups of women grouped and pinned fabric squares, while other ladies sewed the squares and bound edges.
A few of the participants had 40+ years of experience quilting, while others had virtually no experience. They came together with a desire to bring a little love and comfort to others in the community. In the process, talents were shared, and skills were learned by those who gave of their time to help. Marissa Zaugg, a young Marana mom helping with the project shared that “As a mom you are always serving your family. When you get an opportunity to serve people in the community, it helps you fill your cup in a unique and different way. In turn that service helps me to be a better mother.”
Many ladies took home fabric to finish at home. Donna Despain, a long time Marana resident, commented, “Helping made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile to benefit others. It was time well spent. “Helping made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile to benefit others. It was time well spent.”I think those who will receive the blankets will appreciate it very much. I’ve noticed as you get older that you get colder.” Thirty lap blankets are completely finished, and many more are in the process of being assembled. The goal is to make 60 blankets for the long term residents on the second floor of Life Care Center. Joan Brenton, one of the coordinators of the project, stated, “We will not stop until we have 60.” Even young people are volunteering to help including two young men who needed service hours for the National Honor Society and a few teenage girls who were searching for ways to serve.