To the Sew and Reap ministry at the Perryville Outlets that has quietly been helping others find solace in times of distress for years. Founder Sandy Testerman started the program as a way for her to recover mental, physically and spiritual- ly from a battle with cancer. “I chose (Sew and Reap) because as a cancer survivor, I wanted to spread hope to others,” she explained. “Sewing beautiful things and giving them away reaps hope.” Twice a week, she opens the doors for those contributing to one of the many charity projects in progress, including pillow cases for veterans at Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center and children at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center; quilts for hospice patients, veterans or cancer groups; and heart-shaped pads for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore. Others come to learn how to sew, and still more are just looking for someone to share their struggles with, Testerman said. Bravo to the Sew and Reap program for bringing light to many in dark times.
To the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement that it will be phasing in Harriet Tubman as the face on the front of the $20 bill, replacing the slave-owning President Andrew Jackson, in coming years. The famous African-American who ferried hundreds of slaves to freedom will not be alone either, as other female and civil rights leaders will be featured on currency among changes to be unveiled in 2020, which marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women suffrage. While the Treasury’s announcement was heralded by women’s groups, many were disheartened that the office reneged on discussions to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, which is currently up for redesign to improve counterfeiting protections, with a woman. They argue that America’s currency no longer reflects its populace, which is increasingly diverse and features many female leaders. Numerous other first-world nations use its currency to promote their heritage and history, and we believe the selection of Tubman — an Eastern Shore Marylander even — is a momentous first step toward joining those ranks.