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Maddie Thums Day creates 275 items for area hospital

Maddie Thums Day creates 275 items for area hospital Maddie Thums Day creates 275 items for area hospital

The 7th Annual Maddie Thums Memorial Sew-a-thon was held March 6 in conjunction with the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Make-a-Difference Day at the Colby Community Library.

Maddie was a volunteer for several years at the Colby Public Library after retiring as registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In memory of Maddie, a list of needed items was obtained from the Marshfield Medical Center. People were invited to work on projects which would be donated in Maddie’s honor.

Sewn projects were collected through the end of March, at which time donations numbered 275. The Marshfield Medical Center will receive 42 flannel ice bag covers, 94 pillowcases for both adults and children, and 139 Capes of Courage for children undergoing painful procedures.

Fabrics were obtained through the Thrivent Action Team program and through donations of local businesses and individuals. Dinner was served to 35 volunteers and friends and family of Maddie.

Forty-nine volunteers contributed many hours this year to sew the items for both Maddie Day and Make-a-Difference Day 2020.

“Each year, community members support ‘Maddie Day’ with their time and talents. This is the seventh year, and the enthusiasm of the community is still going strong,” said Vicky Calmes, Colby Community Library director and organizer of the service projects at the CCL. “Thanks to all who helped before, during, and after the sew-a-thon. I believe Maddie would be pleased with the spirit of volunteerism in her memory.”