ALLEGAN, Mich., -- Sharon Jager and Florence Hitchcock make quite the team. The two women work together and sew together. For years, they've been creating handmade quilts to donate to veterans, mothers in need and abused women in West Michigan.
"I love doing it. I love to see their faces," explained Hitchcock. "They're so appreciative, and when they send us pictures afterward, that really makes a big difference. I love it."
The two have become good friends over the years, quilting together after hours and in between helping customers at Sharon's store, Sharon's Quilts and More, in downtown Allegan.
Pictures are even posted in the store of some of the veterans who have received one of their quilts.
"Our hearts just burst wide open, we're so tickled," Jager told FOX 17 News. "A hug is like a comfort. You hug yourself in love."
The pair said that depending on the type of pattern, making each quilt can take anywhere from a couple days, to a couple months.
"It's handmade and people love handmade stuff," said Hitchcock. "It makes you feel really good to know they appreciate what you've done and that you've put the time into it."
Jager said they've already created more than 50 quilts and plan to keep going to meet the constant need.
If you know an Allegan County veteran who would like one, contact Sharon's Quilts and More (269-686-9579) with their name and phone number.
Hitchcock and Jager are looking for sewing volunteers and a long arm quilter to help with their efforts. Supplies are available free of charge at the store (128 Hubbard St, Allegan, MI 49010).
The women said donations of patriotic fabric are also needed.