REED CITY — Take one church with a mission project. Inspire one member who has a special friend with inside access to a group of people willing to take on a similar project. Add support and supplies. You have the makings for being a blessing or wearing one. And the ability to pass them on.

Such is the story of a special group of ladies in the Rehab and Nursing Center at Spectrum Hospital Reed City.

It all began some time ago when Yvonne Schonert and her husband Jack began making trips from their Evart home to visit their friend, Edna Mills.

Yvonne was a part of the Faith Bible Church group that supports a ministry by creating bracelets and necklaces from beads, then sends them to Kenya.

During one of her visits, Edna suggested maybe there would be residents who would enjoy beadwork as well.

Judy Sutter, a volunteer for nine years at Spectrum Reed City, agreed it might be fun to try, therapeutic too, and suddenly the hall was busy with bead-workers.

One lady is the keeper of the beads. She is allowed to keep them in her room until the next time the group gathers and the beading begins. Still others find time to work on projects on their own now and then.

One of those ladies is Edna Barber of Reed City. She specializes in bracelets with the word Jesus woven in. Her son and daughter-in-law, David and Jeannie Barber, are among those making sure the group continues to have ample supplies available for their mission work.

Edna (Barber) said she has difficulty sleeping some nights, and busies herself putting together a few extra bracelets or necklaces or other items. “After a bit of that, I can sleep again.”

Sutter scurried from one lady to another, and others assisting did likewise. The atmosphere was cheerful, and one woman explained that saying, “We’re happy because we’ve been called on to help each other and someone else.”

Sometimes visitors help, sometimes even grandchildren or the great-grandchildren of those in the Center.

Once they’re done, the beads are package up and sent off to a missionary in Kenya for distribution.

Donations of beads and other supplies are always welcome. Judy Sutter or Grace Barnard, the Life Enrichment Coordinator, may be contacted for additional information.

Anyone wishing to come and help with the special on-going project would be welcomed.

A special fundraiser to help with this and other special projects and programs is set for Oct. 1 with a benefit square dance at Lincoln Township Hall.

In addition to the dance featuring the Jack Barton Band, there will be a cakewalk, concessions and 50-50 drawing among other activities.

Further information on the jewelry makers or the fundraiser is available by calling (231) 832-7150 and asking for either Judy or Grace.