During the Memorial Day service at the Senior Center recently, the St. Elizabeth Auxiliary made a donation of 40 lap robes for veterans in wheelchairs. Each was carefully crafted by a member of the group.
"It's an honor and a privilege to serve our veterans," said Beverly Pariza.
The auxiliary has been knitting and crocheting blankets and lap robes for close to 20 years. They recently reached their 2,000th baby blanket that are donated to newborns at the hospital. Five years ago, they branched out to help wheelchair-bound veterans. Pariza said roughly 500 lap robes have been given out since the group started the veteran's part of their program.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
American Legion Post 301 Commander Gary Kommel and veteran Leo Connolly hold one of 40 lap robes that were created by the St. Elizabeth Auxillary and presented during the Memorial Day service at the Austintown Senior Center.
The women in the St. Elizabeth Auxiliary meet every Monday at 11 a.m. to share lunch and work on their masterpieces. Pariza herself has dedicated hours upon hours volunteering her time and is the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award.