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Shepherd of the Valley Resident Supports Kids with Sewing

NILES, Ohio – An 83-year-old resident at Shepherd of the Valley’s assisted living center in Niles is making dresses for girls in Panama and teddy bears for area children going through traumatic situations.

Harlene Huffstetler, a Warren native and member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, took up making the clothes and toys after retiring from the banking industry. Years ago, one of Huffstetler’s longtime friends, Lucille Bickle, started making dresses to send to San Felix Mission in Panama and after Bickle had to stop due to arthritis, Huffstetler stepped in to help.

“Just because I am old doesn’t mean my mind is dead,” Huffstetler said in a release.

Beyond the dresses, she also makes teddy bears for children and drops them off at local police departments or whenever she sees an officer sitting in a parked police car.

To support her, Shepherd of the Valley is collecting supplies through Aug. 31. Among the items being accepted are cotton fabrics, bias tape, ribbon, ric rac trim, white thread, hangers and Schmetz universal sewing machine needles.

Donations can be made at any Shepherd of the Valley site between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as the corporate office at 5525 Silica Road in Austintown between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Shepherd of the Valley at 330 530 4038.

Pictured: Harlene Huffstetler has been making teddy bears for local police departments to give to children going through traumatic situations. Shepherd of the Valley, whose Niles living center she lives in, is collecting supplies to support her efforts.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.