EXETER – Paula Hughes has her sewing machine set up at the kitchen table where she has been busy celebrating the end of her breast cancer treatment by making fluffy fleece blankets for women seeking comfort during their own battles.
Creating these blankets, which are bright solid pink on one side and white with imprinted pink ribbons on the reverse, reflects Paula’s generous spirit. In this case, the blankets were destined for a cancer treatment center until she learned of two people she knows who have been diagnosed. They will receive the snuggly fleece.
In the wider community, she may be better known for her incredible gift to the girls of Coventry High School.
Paula is the owner of the Three Sisters Boutique located in Oak Harbour Mall, a place she opened nine years ago after a career spent working in a doctor’s office. She plans to be open another month then retire for good and focus on doing volunteer work with women going through treatment.
In her inventory, Paula had 70 brand new prom gowns. “I realized there was no way I could do it [handle the fittings and sales] this year,” she explains. “My daughter-in-law teaches at Coventry High School and got permission for us to set up a Cinderella’s Closet program.
“A lot of the students couldn’t go to the prom because they couldn’t afford a gown. They can cost as much as $200.”
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