This was our second year at Pyle Adult Recreation Center in Tempe. It’s a nice venue for us, with lots of room and plenty of parking. The building is always busy with City of Tempe events that brought us a few young visitors who were attending martial arts lessons next door. We had 32 volunteers gather on this not-too-hot late September day.
Pyle Center is also the home base of Tempe’s Needle Wielders. Several members were able to join us for this bee. If you can, please come out and support them for the Fall Arts & Crafts Boutique on October 25, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and October 26, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pyle Center (655 E Southern Avenue). There will be other vendors, but the Needle Wielders always have an amazing spread of handmade gifts you can purchase just in time for the holidays.
Although this is our last bee in 2019, we think of it as our first bee of the season. This bee marks our survival of another desert Summer and welcoming of Fall. It was a little early to see our Winter visitors, but we always look forward to their return. This bee also has us looking forward to seeing our busy volunteer, Carol Pettis. She makes beautiful blankets for us throughout the year and we receive her bountiful (100+!!!) donations at this event. This year, Carol was joined by bingo buddy, Lynn Sielaff. After meeting at bingo, Lynn began donating fabric to Carol’s efforts. We appreciate you both and hope to see you again this time next year!
Drumroll please… 158 Quilts Donated at the Door, and 26 Completed at the Bee for a grand total of 184! Remember, that means we wrap 184 seriously ill or traumatized children in your loving stitches!
Thanks to all who attended, and we’ll see you next at Weaver’s Needle in Apache Junction, on Friday, January 10th, 2020!