Do Something Good: Crafty friends make sure no veteran feels forgotten

Group makes cards for troops
Do Something Good: Crafty friends make sure no veteran feels forgotten

This story is about a group of friends who talk about everything and hold nothing back from each other. They’re friends who sacrifice every week when they’re together to do something good for others.

Seven years ago, these women found each other in the community room of their Milton apartment building.

“We are kinky around here. We have fun, and we all kind of take care of each other here,” Suzanne Winden said. “It’s a chat group. It’s a great socializer for everybody, too. And no topic is off limits, and we’ve had some wild ones here,” group organizer Gwen Wehe said.

Their conversations can be sassy, but the talk always comes back to one particular and serious subject: the veterans in their lives.

“My brother was killed in World War II. He was 19,” Martha “Marty” Shaw said.

“My husband served in Vietnam,” Wehe said.

“My father was in World War II. He was in Normandy on D-Day,” Winden said.

Everyone in the group shares that connection to veterans, so every Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Homestead Apartment Card Makers have their own assembly line to make cards for veterans for every major holiday and even the little ones in between.

Do Something Good: Crafty friends make sure no veteran feels forgotten

The card makers create about 150 homemade greetings every Wednesday with supplies they’ve bought and prepared themselves. Through the process they’ve learned, there’s no such thing as a bad card.

“The motto around here is nothing is ever wrong, nothing is ever so damaged it can’t be fixed,” Wehe said.

This family of women came together to deliver a simple message with every card: Never forget.

“It just makes your heart feel good that you’re doing something for your country,” Rosemary Schafer said.