Perry Girl Scout troop sews teddy bears for children with cancer

awoolen@macon.comOctober 10, 2012 

PERRY -- Girl Scout Troop No. 60225 is learning how to sew.

Not just for a badge but to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

The five girls in the troop, which meets each Monday at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Perry, have been cutting fabric and sewing together little arms and legs while the stuffing waits in a bag to be put into teddy bears. The bears will be given to children with cancer.

The project is the brainchild of Ellie Williams, who was inspired by Perry teen Kody Lucas. Lucas died of brain cancer in April after a five-year fight.

“He makes me want to be a better person,” Williams said.

One day, she met a kindergartner who had outgrown a shirt he always wore during his cancer treatments. Williams offered to make a teddy bear for him.

“And that is pretty much what started this project,” she said.

Four Girl Scout troops are participating. Troop No. 60225 is sewing 15 bears, troop leader Catherine Barrett said.

Once they get the hang of how to do them, they will try to sew more.

Three of the girls in the troop said they have sewed in their family and consumer sciences classes in middle school. To start, it was a little more difficult than they thought, especially when trying to sew parts of a bear’s ear together.

“Give me something to pin,” Girl Scout Amber Thomas said after she decided sewing freehand wasn’t working.

Members of the church volunteered to help and were busy pinning ears, legs and body parts together for the girls to put under the needle of the two sewing machines.

Shirley Adams, a volunteer from the church, said she couldn’t sew, but she could pin things.

Dawn Wright, another member of the church, was busy reading instructions from the pattern trying to figure out how to tell the girls what to sew.

There is a sewing badge for the girls as well as one for community service.

Barrett hopes for the troop to give the bears in person at The Children’s Hospital in Macon.

Williams hopes the opportunity to give back will also be helpful to the young girls who are working on the project.

“Giving is so good for the soul,” she said.

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