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Sewing For Jesus

By Dot Carr

Catherine poses by her sewing machine.

Catherine Womack spends as much time as possible doing for others whether it be sewing Samantha Dolls or supporting her church family.

At 96 years of age, Catherine is a busy lady. Many days are spent cutting the fabric that will be sewn into Samantha Dolls. The cute faces are created by stitching or carefully painting.

Once the dolls are created, the clothes are designed and sewn. Each doll is dressed from head to toe, then an adorable hat is selected to match the outfit. Even the hats are created from either fabric or stitched by the many volunteers.

The Samantha Project provides free dolls to hospitals to give to children who are undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The Samantha Project began in Adaville Baptist Church, Spindale, North Carolina, May 17, 1998. Samantha was a little girl dying of cancer.

The name was chosen by the Baptist Women in memory of Samantha, the grandchild of Reverend and Mrs. James Davis.

Ruth Rowles and Lillian Pendley introduced the ministry to the Dan River Association WMU in 2002. Catherine describes the ministry as a “Life Saver”.

Two of the Samantha Dolls that Catherine made. The Dolls are unique in that they have no hair. Children can identify completely with this new friend, as many of them also lose their own hair.
Two of the Samantha Dolls that Catherine made. The dolls are unique in that they have no hair. Children can identify completely with this new friend, as many of them also lose their own hair.

Twelve years later, she still works with the ministry. After her husband passed away Catherine filled her days mending clothes at Summerset. Her seventy years of sewing experience has enabled her to help others.

The number of dolls made and the many acts of kindness were never documented. Catherine never directs attention to herself but instead gives God the Glory, saying she has a passion for the lost.

Recently her church family honored her by naming a Sunday School Class in her honor.

We would have never known this unless she had invited us to her room at the Chastain Home. There we found family portraits, her artwork, sewing machine, and the plaque presented to her from Bethel Baptist Church (Scottsburg).

Catherine offers everyone she meets a big smile and words of encouragement. Her talents and gifts are a true blessing to all she meets.

Learn more about the Samantha Project.

This article was originally published in the July 2014 edition of the Southside Ministries newsletter of the Dan River Baptist Association.