Saturday, December 27, 2014

January 2015 ~ If we are willing

"One doesn't have to be wealthy to give, only willing;
 and the Lord will provide." ~ Hearts Knit Together

Our upcoming Humanitarian Service meeting will be held Monday, January 5th at Carolyn's home at 10:00 a.m.  We will be making Journals for  Hearts Knit Together (This non-profit organization helps abused women and children have a safe place to stay) and working on coloring Alphabet Books for the Humanitarian Center in American Fork.

We will be collecting full size bottles of matching shampoo & conditioner or a bottle of lotion for Hearts Knit Together.

We will also have a potluck lunch.  Come, bring a friend and enjoy a few hours of service. 
Here is a photo of the kits they put together to give the women when they come in to the shelter.  Bring a friend and come and join us for a few fun hours of service!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting another." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

“We are living art.  Created to help others hang on, stand up, forbear, continue.” 
~ Mayou Angelou

2014 ~ our year in retrospect

January ~Project: We colored children's alphabet book pages for the American Fork Humanitarian Center
Collected: Feminine hygiene products for the Food and Care Coalition in Provo.

February ~
Project: We made homemade Valentines for Payson nursing homes
Collected: Relief supplies for the Phillipines, greeting card fronts for St. Judes and empty printer cartridges for a Salt Lake Charity

March ~
Project: We made journals for Hearts Knit Together.
Collected: Diapers and formula for The Road Home homeless shelter in Salt Lake City.
Barbara, Vila, Carolyn
April ~
Project: Sewed adult size bibs/clothing protectors for Payson & Elk Ridge Nursing homes
Collected: Fabric to make the bibs
Ann, Carolyn, Ardis, Carol, Vila, Lynn, Paulette, Paula
May ~
Project: We made Sanitary Kits for Days for Girls
Collected: Pillows for the Food & Care Coalition as well as money for Days for Girls supplies.
Ardis, Carol,  RaeLee, Vila, Barbara, Carolyn, Lynn, Paulette, Paula, Kathy

June ~ 
Project: We made 24 missionary socks for the gift shop at Festival of Trees
Collected: Cold cereal and foot cream for the Food & Care Coalition

July ~
Project: We made ornaments for our tree for the Festival of Trees
Collected: Items for Days for Girls

August ~
Project: We worked on ornaments for our tree for the Festival of Trees
Collected: School supplies for Tabitha's Way in Spanish Fork

September ~

Project: We made ornaments for our tree for the Festival of Trees
Collected: Baby clothing, baby toiletries and diapers for Baby's Bounty Charity in Las Vegas.

October ~
Project: We made pillow case dresses for Little Dresses for AfricaChristmas tea towels, snowmen pins, Rudolph necklaces for the Doll House Festival Boutique and Mothers Without Borders Boutique.
Collected: Pillow cases for dresses and craft items for the boutiques

November ~
Project: Filled Christmas stockings for soldiers serving in Afghanistan and made dog socks for the Festival of Trees boutique.
Collected: Items for the soldiers' socks

Sandy, Carol, Vila, Patti, Lynn, Carolyn, Barbara
December ~
Project: Mad Hatter Tea Party tree for Festival of Trees
Carolyn, Carol, Lynn, Vila, Paula, Patti, Kathy
A great year!  Thank you ladies!  You are all angels! ~ Carolyn

“I can think of no single feat that was accomplished without a little help.  From the greatest minds in the world to the most successful corporations, no one can honestly claim they did it all alone.  It’s often said it takes “a village to raise a child.”  I believe that village is also necessary to contribute to any level of success in adulthood as well.  This world is simply too big a place to go it alone.” Harvey Mackay

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Madhatter's Tea Party ~the Simple and Loving Heart of Childhood

“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”  ― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

 Our Tree this year for the Festival of Trees was "The Mad Hatter's Tea Party" from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Every penny raised at the Festival of Trees goes to help a child in need at Primary Childrens Hospital here in Salt Lake.  Children come from all over the world to receive the specialized care or surgery they need.

Paula chose bright, fun colors, with a mixture of all kinds of chairs, table settings and clocks galore.

 The tree was festive in painted mushrooms, bottles saying,"Drink Me", cups and saucers, and lots and lots of clocks.
Carolyn, Carol, Lynn, Vila, Paula Patti and Kathy 

The lovely ladies who spent the day at the Festival decorating the tree and preparing for bid night.  We are happy to report that our tree did sell on bid night and we hope that it brings happiness and joy to everyone who gets to see it!

Synergy of Service

“It’s the synergy, the synergy between service before self. And the responding gratitude, the expressed gratitude that comes back. Service before self, gratitude and attitude.Service is something we all can do, even in small ways, even in the worst of times.. . from little things big things can happen.” ~ Gail Halvorson, the Candy Bomber 

Carol, Barbara, Lynn and Carolyn stuffing soldier Christmas stockings
 On November 3rd, we met at Lynn's home to stuff our Socks for Soldiers. We also filled stockings with pet treats that will be taken up to the Boutique at the Festival of Trees in December.
Patti, Barbara and Carol
 The Socks for Soldiers are shipped to men and women serving in the military over seas around the world by the American Fork Humanitarian Services Center (for more information see the information below.
Vila with the dog treat stockings
 The stockings for pets are filled with pet treats and chew toys and have a fun little tag saying "from Santa Paws."  These are a popular item at the Festival of Trees boutique.
Patti, Carol, Barbara

Kathy, Carol, Vila, Patti, Lynn, Carolyn and Barbara with soldier stockings

Sandy, Carol, Vila, Patti, Lynn, Carolyn and Barbara with soldier stockings

For 25 years now, Rose Ann Gunther has been directing Humanitarian efforts at the American Fork East Stake Center.  This is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's Humanitarian efforts world wide, but held locally.  Should the sisters in your ward have time to spare, this is a service they can just go and do, any Wednesday, without any preparation or cost on their part. Also, Sister Gunther will check out materials for projects that your sisters can complete in your wardand bring them back finished.  
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Directions to  the AF East Stake Center: 825 E. 500 N.
-Go south on 4800 West in Highland
-Turn right on 900 East (American Fork), just before you get to the Timpanogos Temple.  
-Go down 900 East to 500 North.  
-Turn right on 500 North.  The orange brick church is straight ahead.  Enter through the back doors.