The Southern Springs Ladies Solo Club presents Kathy Cook of Middle Tennessee Pregnancy Center with a donation and handmade baby blankets from a craft fair in 2021.

Finding a purpose through the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic could have been a challenge, but Sue Tinker and a group of women in the Southern Springs community of Spring Hill were up to it.

Their handmade masks sold across the city, and the group raised more than $23,000 from the proceeds. The group then turned around and donated that money to tornado victims, food banks and to the Old Friends senior dog sanctuary in Mt. Juliet.

The success from those sales prompted the Ladies Solo Club – a group of single ladies in the community – to find other ways to utilize their talents of crafting to raise money for nonprofits. Whether it be sewing, making bracelets or something else, the talented ladies are dedicated to using their time and talents to help others.

“This is a 55-and-older community, and many of them are very talented people. We have new residents who move in and immediately want to get involved with the community,” Sue Tinker, vice president of the Ladies Solo Club, said. “We have so many people helping us, and we love having an opportunity to showcase the talent in our community and then help our local community with donations.”

Last year, the group raised $5,000 in one day with a craft fair, and donated the proceeds to the Pregnancy Center of Middle Tennessee in Columbia.

This year, the group will support both the Spring Hill Elementary School and Boys and Girls Club of South Central Tennessee.

“Even brand new people to the neighborhood can identify with helping the grade school down the street from us, and everyone is familiar with the Boys and Girls Club,” Tinker said.

Due to the pandemic, last year the event was held outside, but this year the event will be both indoors and outdoors with the craft fair inside and the Crafts for a Cause Cafe outside.

“This year, we’re taking it a step further and having the fair inside, and outside on the patio we will have what we’re calling “Crafts for a Cause Cafe’,” Tinker said. “We will serve lunch to go along with baked goods. That component will help add to revenue and help raise even more money.”

The event is scheduled for May 4 from 10-3 p.m., but only Southern Springs residents will be allowed to shop the first two hours. From noon until 3 p.m., however, Tinker encourages the public to come and take a look at the crafts and baked goods on hand.

“There are handmade bead bracelets going for $25-75 on Etsy and other online vendors, and we will be selling them for $10 or 3 for $25,” Tinker said. “We can do that because everything is donated. Every time I walk out on my front porch, there is something out there we can use that’s been donated.

“It’s an incredibly generous community.”

Chris Yow has served as the managing editor for the Trussville (Ala.) Tribune and, most recently, the Spring Hill Advertiser News. He has worked as a sports editor and has covered high school sports in different capacities for 18 years.

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