Mike Duggar standing behind, left to right is Jo Avent, Ivy Joy Earley, Bonnie Burton, Jean Bingham, Ann Cole, Ruth Perkins, Hazel Avent.
In a burst of inter-church cooperation, the Mathiston United Methodist Women enlisted the aid of the Clarkson Baptist Church sewing ministry to help the Methodist Children's Homes in Jackson, Mississippi.
In October, Mike Duggar, president and CEO, of the Methodist Children's Homes spoke to the Starkville District UMW annual meeting about the needs of the children and his wish for each one to have a handmade quilt for his or her very own. As he spoke, Jessie Frye and Susan Curry of the Mathiston UMW immediately thought of their friend, Ruth Perkins and the Clarkson sewing ministry. The rest of the Mathiston UMW agreed to support the quilting project and the Clarkson ladies agreed to make three quilts.
On November 20, the Mathiston contingent led Duggar and his wife to Clarkson where they collected a total of seven quilts. Hearing that there were three babies living in the homes, the Clarkson women added three baby quilts to their gifts. By the time the Duggars returned to the Children's Homes, they had at least 12 quilts.
The Clarkson Baptist Sewing Ministry has created and given away freely thousands of quilts. They do not accept money but will accept fabric of any kind or amount to use in making their quilts.
The Methodist Children's Homes has 53 youngsters at present and is located on the grounds of the former Baptist Children's Village. The Methodist Children's Homes has two houses for boys and four houses for girls, as well as foster homes around the state. It cares for abandoned, neglected and mistreated children up to age 18.