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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 5:00 am

Many Luke Air Force Base airmen and their families have received quilts, infant clothes and blankets purchased by Sun Citians or made by members of area clubs.

In the last month, the Sun City Sew ‘N Sew Club, Sun City Encore Needle and Crafts Club and the Sun City Creative Quilts created and donated items to Luke Air Force Base’s Airmen’s Attic, which assists families of entry and lower rank airmen.

Jean Swanson, a member of the Encore Needle and Crafts Club, said she was happy to donate her time and effort to make items for the store.

“It’s for a great cause, and I couldn’t imagine not doing this,” Swanson said.

The Airmen’s Attic has been in existence for a number of years, providing E4s and E5s with donated items, generally from the community. Items include clothes, tables and furniture.

Master Sgt. Jason Mills, who is in charge of the project, said the Airmen’s Attic is set up to be a store, but it’s free to qualifying military personnel.

“This is a great avenue to help out young enlisted folks and release a little bit of the pressure on them as they’re getting started,” Mills said.

Mills said he appreciates organizations, such as the Sun Cities clubs, donating and making items for the Airmen’s Attic.

The Sew ‘N’ Sew Club, which has been involved in the project since 1999, recently conducted an annual two-day sew-in for the Airman’s Attic at Luke Air Force Base. It was a joint effort this year with the Creative Quilters Club.

This year, the group made baby blankets and infant clothes. The club had been told by officials that there was a baby boom at the base with 94 pregnancies. A total of 675 items were made for the Airman’s Attic.

All items at the Airmen’s Attic are slightly used and some are brand new.

“If you went to Walmart or any store like that, you could walk in here, find stuff to take home and use it in your apartment,” Mills said.

In addition, Mills said the Airmen’s Attic is also run by volunteers, particularly the spouses of military men and women.

The store is on the base and open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with the first and third Saturday of the month.

For information or donations, call the Airmen’s Attic at 623-856-6415.

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