LAYTON -- It may only be October but Santa's helpers were in high gear at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Saturday.
The occasion was a meeting of the church's Sewing Angels and members of the Clinton 27th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ if Latter-day Saints.
The Sewing Angels meet every Monday to complete projects for various service opportunities.
This is the third time, however, that they've met together with some of their Mormon neighbors on a Saturday for an extra boost of efforts.
"We're all just people," said Sara Visser, a member of the Clinton ward. "We all have a common goal of helping other people. It's not about who is Mormon or who is Catholic."
The LDS participants were calling the event the "Super Saturday of Sewing for Service with the Sewing Angels."
Those in attendance admitted they were accomplishing more than the completion of tasks: They were making friends too.
"It's a common effort in doing things for good," said Rebecca Nichols, also a member of the Clinton 27th Ward, who was drawing faces on Teddy Bears, for which the group was making to give to young children in need.
Nichols said the idea of getting together started when she and Sewing Angels Founder Pat Bergeron, who is her neighbor, stood at the mailbox talking one day.
"This was our brain-child," Nichols said. "I was in the activities committee. I asked, 'Can we help you as a ward?'"
St. Rose of Lima member Pat Hartman, who enjoys sewing bibs with the Sewing Angels on a regular basis, said she had developed a real friendship with Shelley Davidson from the Clinton ward after the three get-togethers.
"I'm 'S-E-W' sad when she's not here," Hartman said.
During Saturday's event a St. Rose Deacon, John Weiss, came by to see what Hartman was doing.
Hartman recalls him saying "I knew you were an angel. I just didn't know you sewed this well."
But the bib-maker gave Davidson, her Mormon counterpart, the credit.
"She is my master flipper," Hartman said of Davidson's turning the bibs right side out again after they were sewn together so she could top stitch them.
"It's her flipping that makes it so I can do it so well," Hartman said.
Paul Bergeron, who is Pat Bergeron's husband, was wearing a huge smile as he coached his neighbor girls in how to weave warm hats for veterans or hospital patients.
"I am not going to make it for them," Paul Bergeron said. "They are on their own."
"It's fun but it's kind of hard," said Ruth Nichols, 9, who is Rebecca Nichols' daughter.
Camille Hone, of the Clinton ward, was there sewing quilts together.
She said she hasn't missed one of the three get-togethers with the Catholic friends.
"It's fun to get together to meet new people," she said. "I like sewing, getting together and just the helping aspect."
"We enjoy meeting these lovely ladies," said Charleen Hickenbotham of Layton, who attends St. Rose of Lima. "We all have a goal here for somebody else."
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