About a month ago I posted Mama Remembered: War Chairman for the PTA here . Since then I happened across two additional pictures of the committee she organized to make quilts and I wanted to share them. So, here is that part republished, with pictures added.
From Mama’s book, I Remember:
Another of my jobs as War Chairman was to head the Red Cross group, a group of ladies who met one day a week to make afghans for the veterans in the hospitals. We made them of wool scraps, cut in 3 1/2 in. squares, crocheted around with yarn and then sewed together to make a large afghan. The PTA gave me money to buy the yarn. I went to the clothing factories and asked them for their wool scraps. When I told them what it was for, they loaded me down with scraps. I would cut the squares at home, pack them in a suitcase and take them down to the school. If I remember right we met Thursday afternoon. We would spend a couple hours cutting , crocheting and talking about the designs. The ladies (there were usually 8 to 12 of them) also took ones home to crochet around.
I would take the completed squares home and lay them out on the floor to plan a design, then I would pick them up in rows. The next time we met, we would sew them together in that order. Some of our afghans were beautiful. We always hung them around the room on PTA day. Then we gave them to the Navy or Army Mothers to be taken to the hospitals. We felt like we were helping.
Several things strike me about these photos. First, I am amazed at the school kitchen. It’s hard to tell because of the sun coming in the window, but I get the impression it might be in the basement, and it looks like a basement! Certainly not a tile and chrome school kitchen as we expect today. On the other hand, I think there may be people who still have folding chairs like the ones they are sitting on. Okay, maybe not exactly like them, but certainly similar!
Also, I think the way the ladies are dressed is very interesting. As far as I can tell, they all have on high heels and I imagine they are all wearing dresses. Young mothers, you put on heels and a dress to go to your childrens’ school to volunteer too, right? Yeah, I did too.
A group of nice ladies who spent some time every week in the school kitchen working on a worthwhile project. And don’t they look proud of their results.
I think “We felt like we were helping.” sums it up.
That’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Doing something to contribute to a worthy cause still feels good.