Life is sew good: Residents and snowbirds gather to make quilts, friends and holiday memories

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

"We had all of this leftover material, I thought why not make some quilts with it and deliver them to area nursing homes around the holidays," said Carol Swan. "I've brought the quilts and some cookies to some nursing home residents myself and they just cry because no one ever thinks of them."

The new tradition is a community effort around the RV resort. Material is regularly donated to the sewing circle and the resort even donated an extra sewing machine for guests to use. Some of their sewing has even spilled into the main clubhouse, where a table is full of purses available for purchase.

"They're in charge," said Scott Wilkins, a resident at Sunset King whom Coppocky credits for acquiring the sewing room.

Blankets aren't the only thing the RV resort donates during the holidays. For the past few years, residents at Sunset King have worked with Samaritan's Purse to send Christmas boxes to underprivileged children overseas. As a community, the park donates — whether it's toys or money to buy toys — and puts the boxes together according to gender and age to be shipped out to a different country each year. 

Anyone at the resort is welcome to join in on the sewing fun. It's more about camaraderie than skill. 

"When I first got here, everyone was so helpful," said Jean Monroe. "If a machine breaks, everyone jumps up to help. I just love it here. When we first visited, my husband wanted to stay here for the fishing and I loved the sewing room."

The main draw to the sewing club — and to life at Sunset King — is the people.

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