Monday, January 25, 2010

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

RoseAnn accepting delivery of school kit items we worked on last year.
We will be collecting toilet tissue for the next two weeks.  Carolyn just spoke to the woman in charge at the Women and Children's Crisis Center in Provo and she said their number one need right now is toilet paper, so we thought perhaps we could collect as much t.p. as possible and deliver it to the Women and Children's Crisis Center on Wednesday, February 3rd when we go over to help with RoseAnn Gunther's Humanitarian Project in American Fork.

Upcoming Meeting:
Wednesday, February 3
Leave at 9:00 a.m.
Travel to American Fork, work for a few hours, have lunch together and return home (probably around 1:00 p.m.)

We'll be helping with whatever Humanitarian project RoseAnn is working on, but I would presume it would be something for Haiti. this informaion on her work was in the Church News a few years ago:

"RoseAnn Gunther is supervisor for the American Fork Humanitarian Room (stake center), one of only a few throughout the Church where kits of various kinds are prepared for immediate shipment when disaster strikes. She coordinates service at the multi-stake level with the Church's humanitarian needs and the products available." Church News, Saturday, Sept 25, 2004

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The StarFish Story

At our meeting Tuesday, Carolyn shared the story of the Starfish with us and gave each of us a starfish pin  to remind us that we can make a difference.
Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.
The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.
As he came up to the person he said, "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said, "It sure made a difference to that one!"

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mountain Baby Blankets

"The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth." ~Wilfred Grenfell
Carolyn, Phyllis, Ardis, Sandy and Barbara working on different blankets.
We met at Judy's home Tuesday, January 12th to work on some quilts fo rte Mountain Baby Blanket project to send to the Christian Applachian Project to be distributed to women and children in the Applachian mountains.    Phyllis and Carolyn putting on the finishing touches

Barbara, Ardis, Judy, Carolyn and Phyllis~
Quite a few blankets were donated, we tied one crib size quilt and we are working on several other fleece blankets. We will continue to collect receiving blankets, baby blankets, crib quilts and twin size quilts through January.
If you would like to donate some blankets, contact Sandy
This is our finished afghan for the Warm Up America project that we started earlier in the year.  Many women from our community donated a few crocheted or knitted squares.  We joined them all together and will take the afghan over to the Food and Care Coalition.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Festival of Trees ~ A Gift of Love

We received the following letter from the Chair of the Festival of Trees Executive Board - which is to all of you who worked so hard:

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." - - - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for the small tree you decorated and donated to the 2009 Festival of Trees!  Your beautiful contribution awed and inspired more than 90,000 who visited the Festival to experience the childlike wonder of the Holiday Season.  In addition, your gift of time, energy, and creativity will help children at Primary Children's Medical Center feel the magic of Christmas all year long. 

We refer to the Festival of Trees as "A Gift of Love" because your gift will provide comfort, joy, hope, and love to children and families at the hospital who need it most!  And, although  you may never meet the patients and families you have helped, please know you have given a gift that will last long past childhood.

On behalf of Primary Children's Medical Center and the Festival of Trees Executive Board, please accept our sincere gratitude.  May your Holiday Season be filled with the precious gifts you  have so generously given to others. 

Festival of the Trees ~ A Child is Born

Here is our little tree, "A Child is Born," amongst the other beautiful trees . . . we were so thrilled when we found out that someone purchased our tree the first hour or so of bidding . . . and apparently, there were several people bidding for the tree.  
Thank you, we hope the tree brings you joy in this beautiful Christmas season.

James and Charlie with their mother, Arianne,  to whom we dedicated our little tree.
The dedication reads:
Tree Dedicated to: Arianne Lindstrom Morrey

Arianne was hit by a car just before her 12th birthday in 1988 and suffered multiple fractures and severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Through miracles from the Lord and the dedication and professional care of the doctors and nurses at Primary Children's Hospital, and through her strong faith in the Lord and tenacity, Arianne has graduated from University, is married and has two beautiful children. She is an inspiration to all of us who know her.

Festival of the Trees ~ Set Up

On the 30 of November, we traveled to the South Towne Center in Salt Lake to set up our first ever "small tree" for the Festival of Trees.  We spent many hours painting, decorating and getting the tree, quilt, tree skirt and nativity scene ready to go. 

Judy, Lynn, Ardis and Carolyn getting things just right.
Once at the Festival of Trees, Carolyn stood in a line to check in, while the rest of us guarded our "stuff."  Once we had our number, we proceeded to search for the three foot space alotted to our tree (Small Trees at least three feet tall).  We found our spot and mulled over just the right spot for the quilt, the Nativity and our tribute to Arianne.  We got things set up quickly~ and we were glad that we had decorated ahead of time.  There were lots of people there with camp chairs and picnic coolers - they were ready for the long haul! 

Sandy, Lynn, Judy, Ardis and Carolyn
It was a joy being at the Festival of the Trees on set-up day. The creative energy and excitement in the air was palpable. It was just amazing watching these stunning trees being put together.

Here's the finished tree, with Arianne, Will, Charlie and James in the photo.  We were pleased with the finished results and went home hoping and praying that our little tree would sell.