Volunteers in Action: GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York), and GFWC MacClenney Woman’s Club (Florida)
March 17, 2020
GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) were on the move this past winter. The GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale completed two great acts of volunteerism.
Two GFWC Women’s Club of Farmingdale (New York) members, Barbara Hoerner and Val Thieke, delivered donations from club members to Adopt-A-Battalion. The donations consisted of: cookies, gum, mints, candy, granola bars, protein bars, powdered drink mixes, trail mix, nuts, beef jerky, peanut butter, jelly, and assorted toiletries. This organization sends the donated items annually to service men and women overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. Through the Adopt a Battalion Program, supporters have the opportunity to directly support these premier battalions. The program offers soldiers support for all of their immediate needs, providing qualifying IDF combat battalions the opportunity to unwind from their difficult training and responsibilities. They are able to enjoy activities such as ceremonies and events, recreational activities, and special days of fun and leisure with their fellow soldiers.
During 2019, GFWC MacClenney Woman’s Club (Florida) were on the move in making change and giving back to their community. GFWC MacClenney Woman’s Club participated in countless volunteer activities throughout the Florida area. Some of the club’s recent activities have included:
1. Collecting Personal care items to distribute in care baskets to the elderly at Claire Winston Home, MacClenny Rehab, and Wells Nursing. One of the members made homemade ornaments filled with little hearts beautifully decorated.
2. Participated in the Used Shoes Grand Initiative and gathered together gently-used shoes for the Cooperative Giving Project with Souls 4 Shoes. Some of the ladies made a trip to the drop off location.
3. Created handmade Afghans for elders in their community, which were lovingly done by ladies with the GFWC volunteer spirit.
4. Collected food to donate to Good Samaritan House in Baker County. The Club collects food each month to donate to Good Samaritan, a program in MacClenny that reaches out to people who may need extra food.
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