Homebound given handmade fashions
by Courtney Stevens
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Senior volunteers discuss their plans for creating hats and scarves which will be given to cancer patients in the area.
Senior volunteers discuss their plans for creating hats and scarves which will be given to cancer patients in the area.
The Senior Companions Committee met on Tuesday morning at the Fannie Lou Hamer Center in Ruleville working in an assembly line to create and decorate hats for cancer patients around the country.

"The Senior Companion Program is a non-profit organization made up of 72 senior citizens that go into the community and assist other homebound people," said Phyllis Wash, secretary of the committee.

"They're not nurse assistants, they are companions. They might read to them, they might fix them a sandwich, but not heavy work because they are senior citizens themselves.,” she said.

"They go in and help where they are needed. The senior companions volunteer 20 hours a week.

"If you're not there a certain time we have people call into the office asking where is my companion," said Wash, explaining how much the seniors are relied upon.

The program has been in existence since 1985 and requires that the senior companions do a project each month.

To gear up for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the companions worked in an assembly line to create hats for cancer patients.

Tables were covered with an abundance of sewing patterns, hats, scarves, sewing machines and hot glue guns as the volunteers worked to decorate hats and pass them down to end up on the finished table.

"We've found that ladies will throw on a pair of house shoes, a duster and some joggers, but they want their hair looking nice. When they go through chemo and radiation they lose their hair. So this is what we came up with — hats and scarves, and decorating them," said Wash.

The finished hats and scarves will be then taken to local residents with cancer.

Once locals are reached out to, the rest of the hats and scarves will be taken to cancer centers of America, such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The senior volunteers decorated hats of many shapes, sizes and styles. Some lined white visors with bright pink ruffled fabric, while others wrapped colorful scarves around sun hats.

Some women followed sewing patterns to create even more unique head coverings from glittering gold fabrics.

"We want them to feel good," said Wash.