SBR Mending Souls Creates Love and Hope for Charitable Causes

Safety teddies

Linda Shannon-Hills

In September, SBR Mending Souls started up as a satellite group from the Tucson Mending Souls. Although not sure how long it would take to start creating beautiful but critical items for charitable causes, our Ranch residents got to work. Over the next three months, our group sent 465 items to the headquarters of Mending Souls to distribute to various charities, hospitals, and foster care homes as well as many more groups.

We have had a few work sessions to cut fabrics and prepare kits for others to take to work on at home. During those sessions, others have sewed together the many items being cut.

We continue to receive fabric donations of cotton, flannel, home décor fabric, and fleece, as well as zippers, thread, and poly-fil to stuff many of the items we are making, but we can use more. We have great plans for more work sessions in the new year, so will continue to need donations for future projects.

If you would like to make monetary donations, we can use this money to purchase specific supplies needed that have not been donated. You can bring in your donations to the sewing room on the first Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Thursday of the month, in the afternoon. Visit us in the Needle Arts Room.

Members who have made items are quilters, sewers, embroiderers, crocheters, knitters, and those who can cut and assemble kits. The Paper Crafters make beautiful handcrafted cards and notes to celebrate community heroes and those in long-term care facilities who spend much of their time alone. They make holiday greeting cards too. These cards bring so many smiles to others in need of it the most.

Would you like to become a volunteer angel, making a difference for someone in need? Volunteering brings joy to our hearts. If you don’t sew, knit, crochet, papercraft, or embroider, we need other volunteers to cut out and assemble kits for others to make, organize projects, take items to the Mending Souls headquarters, and so much more. Contact Dian Gowen at [email protected] or Linda Shannon-Hills at [email protected].

Once you read about the great work done by Mending Souls, you will want to become a volunteer angel as well. Visit to find patterns for the 30 projects to make on your own or to donate directly to their program.