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La-Z-Boy Inc. has donated about 130 boxes of discarded upholstery fabric to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Sylvia Clark, left, an Extension family and consumer sciences associate, and student worker Kamau Bostic unpack the truckload of material March 24, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)

Manufacturer donates fabric to MHV clubs

MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Clubs have a new supply of sewing material thanks to a large donation.

La-Z-Boy Inc. gave the Mississippi State University Extension Service about 130 boxes of discarded upholstery fabric -- enough to fill a 24-foot trailer.

Often called MHV clubs, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers are supported by MSU Extension. MHV club members are community volunteer leaders who meet various needs in their counties while strengthening families and educating young people. Members have sewn thousands of garments and quilts for military veterans and low-income families.

Sylvia Clark, an Extension family and consumer sciences associate, said volunteers will use the fabric to sew wheelchair totes, walker caddies and lap blankets for assisted living facilities and convalescent homes.

“A representative from La-Z-Boy’s Newton County plant saw stories we published about the MHV club in Holmes County and their sewing projects, and this led them to give us the fabric,” Clark said. “We are grateful for their generosity and will make the most out of everything they donated to MSU Extension and our MHV clubs.”

Clark said she plans to set aside some of the material for 4-H sewing clubs and summer camps.

Visit for more information about Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers.

Released: March 28, 2017
Contacts: Ms. Sylvia Clark
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