Volunteers in Action: GFWC Illinois Coal City Junior Woman’s Club; GFWC Luzerne County; GFWC Camas-Washougal; and Woman’s Club of Spring Lake
March 19, 2019
The GFWC Illinois Coal City Junior Woman’s Club was excited to have a new pajama collection project this year: Wear One Share One. They put collection bins around the community to drop off new PJs for those who don’t have warm, snuggly and toasty jammies for bed. It came in the nick of time for the brisk winter they had! They collected sizes from infant to XXXL, for males and females – and even had 2 PJs for dogs! Their goal was 125 pajamas in celebration of GFWC Illinois’s 125th Anniversary. They ended up collecting 147 pairs with help from $165 in cash donations. They were moved by the generosity of their community, and whenever they went to empty the bins, it brought tears to their eyes. It’s a project they want to share and repeat year after year.
L to R: Patti Kuchar, Marsha Vaughn, Renee Super,
Phyllis Skubic, Melissa Alstott, Terri Tatroe, Club President.
GFWC Luzerne County (Pennsylvania) recently held its board meeting at Misericordia University. Members from all five area clubs attended and participated in the Jared Project. The Jared Project started in 2001 to honor a young boy, Jared, who was undergoing cancer treatment and wondered why other children did not have any toys or things to do while in the hospital getting treated. Jared boxes are plastic storage boxes filled with toys, books, crayons, stickers, games, and puzzles. They are given to a child when admitted to the hospital. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The goal is to lift spirits of children in the hospital.
First row L to R: Leigh Michel, County Correspondence Secretary; Deidre Miller Kaminski, Second Vice President of GFWC County; Sue Lazur, County Parliamentarian; Gaylene Hunter, President of GFWC Mountain Top; Joan Basham, County Recording Secretary; Heide Cebrick, Second Vice President of GFWC Pennsylvania, Sharon Austin, Barb Ruda, Linda Brutsche, President of GFWC Harvey’s Lake; Gail Frank, President of GFWC West Side; Joyce Jones, First Vice President of GFWC county and President of GFWC Plymouth; and Chris Baron, president of GFWC Northeastern Club. 2nd row L to R: Barb Meza, Marion Marosevitch; Kelley Moran, President of GFWC Luzerne County; Lex Bubb, Joette Yingst; and Theresa Bradley
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