Christmas raffle shares talents of craft class with community
The fund-raiser provides money for craft supplies so everyone who attends the Lassen Community College extension class, Crafts for the American Citizen, can participate in all the projects. Raffle items always include several lap robes created as class projects as well as other items.
Instructor Hilda Morlang said she tries to introduce a new craft each week that can be completed in a three-hour timeframe. Because the class is productive there are always a multitude of crafts in the raffle drawing, which is usually held at a Christmas luncheon hosted by the Westwood Senior Nutrition Program that also operates from the Senior Center. People who purchase raffle tickets do not have to be present to win.
“When we make our crafts we create one extra and that goes to the raffle drawing and many items are donated by people who come to class,” said Morlang.
Some of the women enrolled in the class have become quite adept at crafts and therefore contribute items to the raffle. They have acquired their skills not only through the weekly instruction but from a lifestyle that has built proficiency from childhood.
“I learned to embroidery when I was 7 years old and to crochet when I was 8 and I have been doing it ever since. When I was a kid I had to do it because my mother made me so I would learn, but when I got married I started to do more,” said Francis Ray.
Now she loves to embroidery, crochet and make crafts. She is always busy on a project at home and works while watching television. Most recently she crocheted a tablecloth for each of her three daughters.
The craft class is something she looks forward to attending each week.
“It’s gathering together with people your own age. I enjoy the camaraderie we have,” said Ray.
Millie Dickson, like Ray, started learning different craft skills as a child. Her mother taught her how to spin yarn and knit when she was 6 years old.
“I like crafts because I was taught so young. It’s in my genes I think,” said Dickson.
Although Betty Sampson has a bedroom and shed full of craft supplies at home, her health prevents her from crafting like she use to. Therefore, most of her craft projects are completed in class, which she attends for many reasons.
“I like this class because you are out of the house and you are visiting with people. We go places and do things,” said Sampson, who use to create a multitude of handcrafted Christmas cards as one of her specialties.
Morlang said the non-credit LCC class has been in existence for about 25 years and has had many instructors. While senior citizens often take the class it is open to all adults. Currently, Morlang’s granddaughter, Heidi, is the youngest participant.
A strong foundation has been built that helps the class run smoothly. Morlang has assembled craft supplies according to seasons and holidays and keeps them in bins. Also she keeps a sample of each craft that is made and is working on a book that will contain photographs of crafts so students can easily select projects.
Tickets for the raffle to help support the craft class can be purchased from one of the class members or at the Women’s Ministry Thrifty Boutique on Birch Street during operating hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The cost is $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Tickets go on sale after Thanksgiving.
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