Helping Out Those in Need...
March 2012

This is a special story of love and devotion about Nola Ferguson
and her daughter Peggy Hignite Crosby.

They started "The Alzheimer's Project" after Nola's late husband, and Peggy's stepfather, came down with this devastating condition. Nola started a support group in Carpinteria for caregivers. She realized how difficult it was to find and share information and found comfort herself in this group. Peggy was anxious to help from her home in Alaska.

They started out making quilts for those in care facilities with Alzheimer's. For their first effort they made 25 quilts and delivered them to a group of residents and almost magically they found the quilts evoked childhood memories in some.

Peggy and Nola both piece the quilts along with a close friend, Michelle Cameron. Peggy does the quilting on her long arm machine and Nola does the binding. It is truly a labor of love. Once in a while others help out, but the majority of work is done and paid for by Nola and Peggy.

After participating in the caregivers group, Nola realized that these people also deserved a quilt and made sure they also received one. They have branched out and also delivered quilts to other needy causes.

They have donated over 100 quilts to others, and these remarkable women are truly the spirit of quilting! Nola says "It is just like wrapping your arms around someone."



 

 

 

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