By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Like Ruth gleaning wheat in the Bible, Annie Thompson takes scraps of cloth and makes something useful for the poor.
“You can’t get too low for God to pick you up,” said Thompson, a Shannon resident who, on her breaks at work, makes blankets for the homeless.
“One day I asked my supervisor if I could have these scraps, and I just started sewing,” said Thompson, who has made more than a dozen blankets and donated them to The Salvation Army in Tupelo.
She sews 10 minutes at time, taking her own leisure periods from making chairs and sofas to work because her machine at home isn’t strong enough.
Thompson works at Prime Designs Inc., and said the company has been good about allowing her to use scrap material.
Thompson’s late mother, Eldora, never wasted a stitch of cloth, and as a member of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Tupelo, Thompson has taken that example and applied it to caring for the poor.
“I get the softest pieces and try to figure a blanket big enough for a man to wrap up in,” she said, as she spread out a pretty, tri-colored blanket made of velveteen fabric.
“This is Tupelo’s very own,” said William Archie, a recipient of one of Thompson’s blankets, which he’s about to put on a new bed in a home he’s helped build with Habitat for Humanity. Archie has given several of Thompson’s blankets to area homeless.
“Not too many people take time to provide this kind of love and care,” Archie said.