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Group Effort

Elkins Woman’s Club helping children following surgery

Submitted photos From left, standing, are guest Byrdie Foster, Peggy Knutti, Diana Kerr, Debbie Johnson and Sue Pifer. Seated are Katie Kerns and Dr. Mary Boyd.
An enthusiastic group met on a Saturday and sewed pockets in material to hold wooden tongue depressors, which acted as splints. Ties were also sewed on so the splints could be tied around the elbow area to prevent a child from putting his or her hands to the operated area during the healing process. Twenty-nine splints were sent to Operation Smile.
Noah Arbogast, son of Craig and Allison Arbogast, modeled one of the splints.

ELKINS — After learning how difficult it is to prevent children who have had cleft palate surgery from putting their hands to their mouth, a group of ladies from the Elkins Woman’s Club decided to do something about it.

Elkins Sewing Center owner Sue Pifer graciously provided an area where the ladies could gather and sew splints for these children.

An enthusiastic group met on a Saturday and sewed pockets in material to hold wooden tongue depressors, which acted as splints. Ties were also sewed on so the splints could be tied around the elbow area to prevent a child from putting his or her hands to the operated area during the healing process. Twenty-nine splints were sent to Operation Smile.

The Elkins Woman’s Club is involved in many projects to help the local, national, and international communities. The Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 at the Phil Gainer Community Center. For more information, contact President Donna Jones at 304-642-8262.