- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - With shoulder surgery, it’s easy to imagine the pain, the lingering soreness of the surgeon’s knife. Everyone expects that.

What no one warned Sue Beaver about was the cold. The way her shoulder, no matter what she did, just wouldn’t get warm. Especially when even a heavy sweater was liable to add to the lingering pain.

But a small, hand-crafted throw-quilt she could drape across her shoulders did just the trick. Light enough to avoid the pain, warm enough to keep the cold away, she had found a perfect gift. Ruth Owens, friends of Bob and Sue Beaver for decades, said that had quite the effect on both of them.

“I think that probably was the one thing that she felt like that God had given them a blessing and she wanted to return it to others,” Owens said.

Since that surgery and in about two years’ time, Sue and Bob have transformed their basement into a sewing shop worthy of a Dickens tale.

“We’ve made about 480 (quilts and blankets) from January this year to March,” Sue Beaver said proudly.

Bob Beaver is wheel-chair bound and spends his time churning out the top-cover portion of the quilts, adding decorations and colorful patterns.

“I spend most every bit of my time down here. She gives me about a half-hour for lunch,” he said with a smile.

What could drive a retired insurance agent and retired postal carrier to make six quilts, blankets and more to give away to those in need? The knowledge that their gifts are just being passed through.

“These aren’t gifts from us,” Sue Beaver said. “These are gifts from God that we want people to have. Whenever they hold that quilt, we tell them that’s God speaking to them. That’s what we want people to understand.”

Among their many drop-off points, Sue and Bob Beaver deliver the quilts themselves to homeless shelters. They’re gearing up for a September marathon of blanket-making for the homeless.

“We just want to get them something heavy and warm before winter hits,” Sue Beaver said.

Seeing the reaction on their recipients’ faces is often all the reward they need. But they often get much more.

“Our blessings have multiplied,” Sue Beaver said. “The more we give others the more we get in return. People have donated string, cloth, fleece, pretty much everything we need to keep making more.”

From one blessing - that first quilt from after Sue Beaver’s shoulder surgery - the Catawba Valley and beyond have received many more.

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Information from: The Hickory Daily Record, https://www.hickoryrecord.com


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