Terre Haute Living December 2016 - Page 24

FEATURES Comfort & Joy Across the Valley, behind-the-scenes Mr. and Mrs. Clauses spread holiday cheer to those in need, near and far STORY: MARJORIE HOPKINS PHOTOGRAPHY: JIM AVELIS T hroughout communities in the Wabash Valley, there are ladies who meet to do good deeds, to bring comfort, joy, a smile to the face, and love to children near and far who are hurting or in need. These ladies may not be dressed in red velvet, trimmed with white ermine fur, and they may not be called “Mrs. Claus,” but their tireless work and dedication to children is much like that of the legendary wife of St. Nick. It has been said that Mrs. Claus, always in the background and basically unnoticed, helps make toys for Santa to deliver. She is often described as caring and kind-hearted, dedicated to children and doing good. These ladies are also in the background; they do not seek fame or fortune. They use their talents and handiwork for good and to bless children. There are various groups comprised of these modern day “Mrs. Clauses” whose members meet to create handcrafted blankets, lap throws, teddy bears, crocheted sweaters, prayer shawls, hats, gloves, diapers, dresses and more for children. 24 Terre Haute Living • December 2016 tribstar.com/terrehauteliving