The Humana Charity Crafters, a group of primarily senior women who quilt, knit and crochet clothes and blankets for donation, gathered in Henderson on July 14 to make their biannual donation of handmade items.
Gathered at the Humana building, 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway, they gifted 220 quilts and afghans to Fisher House, and nonprofit that helps military families, and the VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas. Health-insurer Humana provided food and drinks while guest speakers thanked the women for their contribution.
While being formally congratulated for their efforts, the ladies quietly kept up work on their next donation.
“I used to come here every day,” said Mary Munoz, 74, one of the two founding quilters of the Humana Charity Crafters. “I do maybe two (quilts) every month because I have other things going on. But we joke, “OK, everyone who doesn’t have a husband, you can do more.’”
The knitting group formed in 2009, a year after the opening of the Henderson Humana building. The group began with two ladies crocheting in the lobby for fun and quickly evolved into more than 50 crafters between Humana’s two sites; another knitting group meets at the Summerlin location, 8885 W. Charleston Blvd.
“As they started working together in the lobby, I was thinking, ‘What are we going to do with these things?’” said Rhonda Mayland, Humana’s guidance center coordinator. “Then I remembered my mother who used to make lapghans for nursing homes.”
The Henderson knitting group meets from 1-3:30 p.m. on Fridays to knit with materials supplied by the Humana staff. After months of working their needles, the group will determine if they have enough to donate to charity. The women then decide on two charities to give to.
Humana’s director of sales and marketing, Dixon Keller, said the knitting group was a “grass-roots effort.”
“It was born here and now has grown nationwide,” Keller said. “The word got out to the rest of the country…