LAYTON -- What started as a conversation between two neighbors at the mailbox has turned into a service project that benefits several local organizations.
Pat Bergeron and Rebecca Nichols are neighbors. While retrieving their mail one afternoon, the two ladies started talking about a service group called the Sewing Angels, which Bergeron coordinates at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton.
Nichols, as a committee member of the Relief Society in the Clinton 27th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asked Bergeron if her group would join the Relief Society group at her ward house and together work on some Sewing Angels projects.
The two religious groups had such a great time, they decided to meet again at Bergeron's church.
"We've had the best time together," Nichols said. "The Sewing Angels do just the type of service project we love to be involved with, and everyone in the group are just wonderful people."
Members of the Sewing Angels meet at the Catholic church every Monday after the 9 a.m. Mass to sew blankets, bibs, nightgowns, teddy bears, receiving blankets, bereavement clothes, pillowcases, overnight children's bags and more.
For years, group members have given their finished work to several organizations, including Ogden Regional Medical Center, the Christmas Box House, Pregnancy Care Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home and Sub for Santa.
"This particular project will go to Ogden Regional Medical Center, Pregnancy Care Center and St. Martha's Baby Project," Bergeron said.
"We've also got a table set up for donations to the Christmas Box House, so we're pretty busy today."
In addition, men from the Catholic parish have been teaching some of the women how to make hats for the homeless.
Materials for the Sewing Angels projects come from many sources.
Nichols' ward brought bags of stuffing left over from a Young Women's project, and businesses and community members donate materials from time to time.
Parish member Clara Meekins has made hundreds of bereavement dresses and other clothing for stillborn babies. She said several of the women have donated their old wedding dresses to use as material for the clothing items.
"There's some very beautiful silk material from these dresses that I use, and they make some really nice little outfits for the babies," she said.
"I really enjoy making them. Many of them go to Primary Children's Medical Center, and some of the women in these groups have also benefited.
"It's a hard time for a parent to lose a baby, and if this helps to ease the pain just a little bit, then it makes me happy."
The Sewing Angels will continue with the projects as long as it has the funds and materials to do so.
Nichols said she hopes to work with the parish again as well.
"We love being involved and helping others," said parish member Valentine Couturier. "We all know people in need, so there's always something we can be doing."