Estes Park Friendly Stitchers craft for infants, children

August 15, 2018

Submitted by Jim Harrington
Lay Member, Estes Park United Methodist Church, Colorado

The past few months have been a busy time for the Friendly Stitchers of Estes Park United Methodist Church in Estes Park, Colorado. Over the course of the summer, the church craft group made 77 "taggies."

Taggies are soft toys composed of fleece and ribbon that provide visual and tactile stimulation for infants. The toys are donated to a group that assembles gift bags for families with newborns at Estes Park Health Hospital. 

During Sunday services on July 23, comfort bears and taggies were blessed by the congregation before going to their recipients at the hospital.

Kay Myers and Mary Lee Steward embroidered 61 bear faces, while Kathie Dougherty, Nancy Elgin, and Lee Criswell helped sew the bears. 

Friendly Stitchers will also make 26 more reuseable cloth bags for the Food Pak program at Estes Park Elementary School. The Food Pak program gives students receiving free or reduced-price lunch food to carry them through the weekend. The group will finish those bags at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Criswell's home. 

If you would like to join the Friendly Stitchers, email the Estes Park UMC office at