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Jefferson Award Winner: Maxine Geisler

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Ladysmith (WQOW) - This month's Jefferson Award winner stitches love and comfort into every quilt she creates. She does it not only for her community, but also for those who are taking the necessary steps for a clean bill of health.

"I started out with the thread and the needle," said Maxine Geisler, of Bruce. "Then I graduated to the sewing machine."

Geisler has been crafting quilts since she was young.

"I can work on [quilts] all day and be content, just because I am that inspired and passionate," said Geisler.

Geisler said some of her quilts have rhyme and reason, while others have no reason at all. However, each quilt she makes has a purpose, to bring comfort, love and joy.

Every October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Geisler shares these gifts of warmth to patients getting their mammograms at Marshfield Medical Center in Ladysmith.

"Something inspired me and I don't know how," said Geisler.

Maxine created this quilt in honor of her late father.

Geisler has spent the last two years creating hundreds of quilts, making sure to incorporate the color pink and the cancer ribbon in her designs.

"I hope it inspires them, makes them feel happy that they're getting one," said Geisler. "I just try to put joyful things on the inside so that they are happy."

Before her quilts, she would give patients pins and bracelets.

"My hands aren't what they used to be," said Geisler.

However, Geisler doesn't plan to stop her stitching anytime soon.

"I'm going to go as long as I can go," said Geisler. "Whenever that is, I'm just going to keep on going, because it makes me happy. It does."

If you know someone in the community making a difference through volunteering, nominate them for a Jefferson Award here. 

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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