Monday, June 27, 2011

July meeting - Soles 4 Souls - Changing the World One Pair at a Time

Lynn's home
Tuesday, July 5
10:00 a.m.
Service and Potluck Lunch
We'll finish the comfort pillows for the hospital. 
They are already cut out, we will just stuff and sew them.

For our upcoming meeting in July, we will be collecting new or lightly used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls program.  They need all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flipflops, and children's shoes in all sizes.  Pairs of shoes should be tied together using laces or rubber bands. 
The following is from the Soles 4 Souls website:

Why Shoes?
Shoes help prevent the spread of parasitic diseases that plague over 1.4 billion people worldwide, and they are a basic human necessity.

The reality of life for many individuals in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. It is not uncommon for children to grow up in these areas without ever having had a pair of shoes at all.

The number of barefoot orphaned children, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, is estimated to be above 20 million.
Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.

Shoes are very often considered a required part of the school uniform in developing countries, and without shoes, many children are unable to attend school.

Many serious health conditions can be absorbed through the feet, even through the toughest soles. As the skin on the bottom of the feet toughens and thickens, large cracks can form, which allows parasitic infections such as hookworm and threadworm to penetrate the skin. In addition, constant cuts and scrapes to the feet and ankles frequently become infected and many of these infections can lead to ulcers and worse.

Some of the most dangerous conditions of going barefoot is the risk of puncture wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns to the feet. These injuries are almost never treated and can lead to serious infections, amputations and even death. With the number of children living in abject poverty and therefore surviving at a scavenger's existence, the feet are at tremendous risk as the child hunts for food or household items in garbage dumps, abandoned housing/construction areas, or while crossing through open sewer trenches and contaminated areas.

In addition to infections brought on by external injuries, a child's bare foot is particularly at risk of infection by hookworm. Especially at risk are children living in African and Southeast Asian countries, where hookworm infections are about 60 times more common.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thank you from the Teddy Bear Den

What is Done in Love

"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well." ~Vincent Van Gogh

We met Tuesday, June 7 at Ardis home to work on ornaments for our Festival of Trees project.  We also collected several boxes of baby clothes, diapers, and toys for the Teddy Bear's Den that is sponsored by the March of Dimes.
Judy, Carolyn, Ardis, Patti, and Paula hard at work
 We worked on scripture ornaments - these beautiful, creative ornaments are made from pages of scriptures, cut and shaped, decoupaged or glued into lovely fanned medallions, finials and paper balls.
Kathy and Paula

Judy, Carolyn, Ardis and Patti
Carolyn, Ardis, Patti, Kathy, Paula and Sandy
Our finished finials

Celebrating birthdays - Kathy made a cake for Sandy and Lynn's June birthdays