Holly Grove UMC member sews comfort for Children’s Hospital patients

Melba Richardson shared recently the latest fruits of her labor—10 Raggedy Ann-style dolls—with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, to be given to terminally ill patients as a way to provide an extra source of comfort. She is pictured above with the dolls she sewed.
Richardson’s work is just one example of how Holly Grove UMC’s members think beyond their local church, says the Rev. Nan Nelson, the congregation’s pastor. She points to their involvement with the Methodist Family Health girls’ group home in the Southeast District—where church members provide a birthday cake and gifts to each resident throughout the year, and attend special events in support of them—and their recent involvement in collecting and donating empty storage tubs for those needing to gather scattered belongings after the April 27 tornado in Mayflower and Vilonia. 
“Although Holly Grove UMC is definitely a small membership church, the members are actively reaching out to others,” Nelson says.