HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Sewing, stuffing holiday stockings, and making quilts for people who are battling a serious illness or substance abuse are just some of the activities that keep one group of ladies in Hartselle busy. They're part of Hartselle First Assembly of God. WHNT NEWS 19 pays it forward to the church's women's ministry and missions group.
Sweet and sworn to a life of purpose, they call themselves the M&M's. Stuffing stockings for children who live on Indian reservations was their task the day we showed up. Plenty goes into the stockings.
"The first thing I like to put in is the Bible," says women's ministry and missions member Evelyn Whitworth. "When we go to church and fill them, I pray that whoever gets this stocking reads this word of God and that they will be saved. That is my main goal and that's the blessing I get out of them."
The recipients get a lot out of these stockings too - like baggies with two dollars worth of change, clothes and toys. Sometimes, it's the only holiday gift they'll receive.
"We do put in things that they need, like warm clothing, but we also put in toys and little surprises for them," explains Whitworth.
The stockings aren't the only labor of love for this group. As one of the other group members, Bettye Shadrick, will tell you, they do lots of other things.
"The quilts help people," says Shadrick. "We know for Milestones Recovery Ministries, they don't have covers when they go in and so we help them with covers."
WHNT NEWS 19 helped the M&M's by paying it forward with $319. The money will certainly help this self-funded group continue giving to others and enjoying each other along the way.
"We enjoy it very much!" says Shadrick. "We enjoy each other and this group is very close."
In the last three years, the group has sewn and stuffed 300 stockings and they've already got 100 ready to go for next year. Shadrick says the $319 will help pay for the cost of making the quilts and any other expenses that come up.