Borger, TX - Residents at the Caprock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Borger are using their crafting skills to help their community.
Residents will sell handcrafted jewelry on Tuesday and will donate the proceeds to local organizations. A handful of residents have been working on the jewelry since September in a jewelry class dubbed "Bling it Up."
"These ladies aren't just the typical grandma," said Caprock Activities Director Debora Lucio. "They're not in their rooms, sewing or knitting. They're spunky. They laugh, they giggle, they tease each other, and that's one of the best benefits of being in this class."
The class has kept the ladies busy as they prepare for their big jewelry sale. So far, they have made 60 sets in total.
"We've thought about giving to the Salvation Army or the United Way," said resident Teresa Watson. "It just depends really on how much we make."
The class has more benefits than just keeping the jewelry makers busy. "It has cognitive benefits, it has health benefits, and emotional benefits," said Lucio. "A lot of the ladies thought they could never do this again."
That was the case for Sandy Winegeart. "My daughter usually has to buy Christmas presents for my grandchildren. Well this year, I made them necklaces," said Winegeart. "And that has given me a sense of pride and I can't tell you how much it means to me that I can make something for my granddaughters."
Though made up of women, the class does have one honorary male member who they refer to as their "supervisor." He often critiques their creations and gives them pointers. "I do possess a pretty good eye if I do say so myself," said John Longan. The ladies say he is a handful but a true asset to the group.
The jewelry sale will take place Tuesday from 2 to 4 at the Caprock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.