Valentines from survivors

Sandy Meyer sits next to a pile of valentines created by the Fun with Watercolor cancer survivors art group. The valentines are not watercolors, but fabric creations that will be distributed to cancer patients at Callahan Cancer Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sandy Meyer of North Platte is celebrating 25 years of the Fun with Watercolor cancer survivors painting group and is in the midst of about her sixth year of the group’s cloth valentine creations for cancer patients.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the valentines will be distributed to patients at Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte.

“It kind of all started when one of my friends from Colorado was involved with doing this for Denver hospitals, and she asked me to do some,” Meyer said. “I thought, Why am I doing this for Denver hospitals — why am I not doing this for Callahan Cancer Center?”

Meyer said she created 50 valentines for her friend to fulfill that request.

“Then I did 100 for us,” Meyer said. “They loved it so much; then the next year I got other people to help.”

She said no one has ever turned her down when she asked them to help. Meyer gathers materials for the valentines, which are all hand-sewn, or if they want to find their own material, they do that as well.

“They come up with such fun things,” Meyer said. One of her favorite valentines this year is one that has a high-heeled shoe crafted on it.

The watercolor group meets on Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Northwestern Energy, 215 E. Fifth St., in the Blue Flame Room. For more information, call Meyer at 308-532-9799.

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