Friday, May 13, 2011

Children are the Future

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."
~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

For our June meeting, we will be collecting baby items for The Teddy Bear Den, which is a March of Dimes program that promotes good prenatal care and healthy  behaviors during pregnancy.  Teddy Bear Den accepts new or hand-made items.  The most needed items are: Diapers (sizes newborn to size 5), Wipes, Lotion, Shampoo or Baby Wash, Baby Powder, Diaper Rash Ointment, Bottles and Sippy Cups, Binkies, Onesies, Sleepers or Pajamas, Blankets, Shoes and other clothing for babies. 

Some interesting fact about The Teddy Bear Den 
The Teddy Bear Den serves approximately 1,000 women every year.  It has been in operation for five years and has served over 5,000 women.  Right now, between 100 and 200 new women sign up each month for the program.  Most of teh referrals come from the Community Health Center.  All are low income.  910 babies are born in utah each week. Of those, 137 do not receive adequate prenatal care.  Inadequate prenatal care can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, failure to thrive, etc. 

Our upcoming meeting
will be at Ardis' home,
June 7, 10:00 a.m. 
We will be working on Christmas Ornaments again for our Festival of Trees project, collect the baby items and have a Potluck Lunch. 
Bring a friend and come and enjoy a few hours of service.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Creating Something Out of Almost Nothing

"People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of a modern society." ~ Vince Lombardi

Rae Lee and Carolyn making Accordion Pleated Medallions
Our We CAN group met at Paula's home on Tuesday, May 3.  Six ladies attended: Judy, Paula, Ardis, Lynn, Carolyn and Rae Lee.  They created ornaments for our Festival of Trees entry.  It is amazing what you can do with an old book (besides reading it!) 
Ardis and Lynn, brushing up on their decoupage technique

Paula - our designer and artiste in residence

The accordion fold medallions

Ornaments, created with an old book, dowels and some glue ~ amazing creativity!

Baking - but Not in the Sun

Our We CAN group met Tuesday, April 26 for a day of baking.  We have a Bake Sale coming up to raise funds for some hearing aids. Six ladies attended: Barbara, Kathy, Ardis, Patty, Judy, and Carolyn.
"Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that "appreciates" grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefit of both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value."
~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin, HeartMath Solution
We did 2 batches of brownies and lots of cup cakes. We also worked on the Mother's Day flower pots (flower pens stick in them). They're cute. Patty has a friend who is baking cookies. Patty and a couple of her kids are also baking cookies. Bryan's wife, Ann-Marie is doing some small cakes.

More things that are needed for the bake sale: Bread, more brownies, or more cookies would be great

The bake sale/antique sale was cancelled due to extreme April snow showers and will be rescheduled at a later date.