Baby-Boomers South club member Sharon Duenler of the Village of Lake Deaton worked on a Christmas quilt off and on for three months prior to the club’s November meeting.
Duenler has been creating hand-made quilts for more than 20 years. This year she decided to use her talents to help others. She auctioned off her Christmas quilt and raised $973 at the November meeting. Duenler was all smiles Tuesday morning as she tendered a check to Lt. Robert Siemer of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Also present Tuesday morning on behalf of the 500-member strong Boomers South club was club President Steve Brackney. He presented Lt. Siemer with both toys and bikes donated by the club, as well as a check for $3,000.
He went on to explain that the Boomers South club has decided to dedicate itself to raise funds for those who serve or who have served our country in the military, as well as area youth. That includes Operation Shoebox, the Honor Flight Program, Combat Vets to Career and Patriot Service Dogs for Vets.
Youth programs besides the Kids, Cops and Christmas Program supported by the Baby-Boomers South club include programs at Wildwood Elementary and Wildwood Middle High School, where the club helps fund an after-school meals program. This year, the club raised $11,000 to help fund the programs for children and veterans.
The club meets the third Saturday of the month at the Lake Miona Recreation Center.