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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Mats for mothers

  • Thanks to some Neosho area residents, poor women around the world will get a chance to better their own lives and the lives of their children.
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  • Thanks to some Neosho area residents, poor women around the world will get a chance to better their own lives and the lives of their children.
    After a successful appeal went out for donations of T-shirts, local weaver and artist, LeeAnn Sours, went to work on her loom and wove some beautiful place mats from the T-shirt material.
    This project actually began when LeeAnn met some representatives from SowHope while she was volunteering in the hatchery bookstore. Moved by their story of helping women, LeeAnn wanted to make a contribution. She secured the endorsement of the Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and a drive began to secure t-shirts. The response was very good.
    LeeAnn first designed the mats and then started weaving. The colorful results of all those efforts can now be found in the hatchery bookstore. A set of five mats is available for $25. LeeAnn designed the set for four places and one extra to use in the center of a table or for a fifth diner.
    Because they are made of T-shirts, they are very durable and can be used outdoors on the patio or at a picnic — even a picnic at one of the shelters on the hatchery ground. They wash very nicely.
    LeeAnn is still making mats, but two sets are available at the hatchery and some single mats can be had for $5. The single mats can be used as a regular place mat, or for covering an end table or as a dining table centerpiece.
    There will be a limited number of the special mats, so if anyone wants some, they should get them soon. They would make a nice Mother's Day gift, and I'm sure everyone's mother would be pleased to know that these mats are helping poor mothers all around the world.

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