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Bows tie up troop support
The volunteers stand with some of the bows they created. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Yellow bows are one way to show support for the military, and local credit union workers spent more than two hours Wednesday making 100 bows to show support that lasts.
Hinesville Military Affairs member Melinda Schneider solicited volunteer bow makers last week and Fort Stewart Georgia Federal Credit Union employees answered the call.
Schneider showed up at the Hinesville branch with templates and yellow webbing to start the tedious work.
As some volunteers took care of rolling out and cutting the webbing, others were honing their skills on the templates.
Volunteers caught on quickly as Schneider demonstrated the ‘how tos’ of bow making using templates and most had made at least two bows in the first 30 minutes.
Volunteers started just after 3pm and ended the work with 100 yellow bows.
“We do what we can to support our military,” said FSGFCU’s Mary Hancock. “We’ve done many things in the past. We’ve participated in sending boxes and other things. We’ve put in a lot of hours and most of if was donated time.”
The military affairs committee has also put in a lot of time spearheading events and organizing community and business support for the troops.
When yellow bows began to go up all over the county some years ago, it wasn’t long before the ribbons started showing the tolls of the weather. One business owner saw how he could make a difference and donated a more durable material.
 “My boss came in one day and said ‘if we make them out of webbing they would last longer. It just kind of took off from there,” said Waltrich Plastics employee Kelly Evans.
Richmond Hill resident Gary Pokrandt, Waltrich’s owner and president, decided to donate the webbing and design a template to make the bows. Community support has included businesses.
Waltrich Plastics, located in the Walthourville Industrial Park, has donated more than 30,000 pounds of plastic webbing this year alone.
Waltrich Plastics was created in 1961 to process a thermo plastic named polypropylene. Waltrich manufactures monofilament yarns made from various resins, as well as weaving narrow fabrics and twisting monofilaments. The company relocated in the mid-1970s to Walthourville and then consolidated operations from New Jersey. Currently, Waltrich employs between 50 and 60 personnel.
HMAC plans to add more bows to the scenery around the county and replace bows worn by the weather, Schneider said. “We can’t stop making them (bows), especially now that the deployment has started,” she said.
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