Archive for January 3, 2011

Linda Day, center, shows off the 278 lap blankets she made for seniors to Major Margaret Kennell, right, and Women's Auxiliary member Shirley Tabor.

Linda Day of Midwest City knows how it feels not to be able to afford Christmas presents for her children. More than 50 years ago, Day and her husband faced a Christmas of poverty – bills piling up, no food and no gifts.

They visited The Salvation Army where they lived, and they received toys for their kids plus a $15 food voucher that allowed them to purchase food for a Christmas dinner. She said The Salvation Army helped in other times as well, including a time when her husband had a new job that required white pants. They couldn’t afford to buy the white pants, but The Salvation Army gave them a pair.

Decades later, Mrs. Day is giving back to the organization that lent a hand up throughout her family’ life. She decided to hand-make 267 lap quilts, which she donated this year to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command as a way of giving back and saying thank you.

 “The Salvation Army has helped me in my life,” said Day. “I wanted to help someone too. I think this will be something I do every year.”

 Mrs. Day creates the lap blankets with her husband, who is also retired. The blankets were included with every senior citizen gift given by The Salvation Army over Christmas.