“Make it Monday” NICU Halloween Costumes

Our club’s first “Make it Monday” event was a huge success!! 10 members gathered together to trace patterns, cut felt, and assemble adorable Halloween Costumes for babies in the Williamson Medical Center NICU. The templates for this project were furnished by the March of Dimes, one of GFWCs oldest affiliate organizations.

From the March of Dimes: “Becoming a parent can be an exciting and challenging time. But when mom and baby are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or at the hospital unexpectedly, it can also become scary for families. Too many families are experiencing this today and these costumes allow parents to participate with their child for a fun holiday tradition.”

Brandy Klebs-Bolf, who is one of the club’s newest members, has had a baby in NICU. “I would have been thrilled if my sweet girl had received an adorable holiday costume while she was in the hospital. It is hard not to be with your little one while they are in the NICU. It means so much to see your community support you during this difficult time with projects like this. I had a great time working on the costumes and getting to know some of my fellow club members and new friends!”

The majority of the felt used in this activity came from Turnip Green Creative Reuse in Nashville, TN. www.turnipgreencreativereuse.org. Using recycled materials is not only a way to save costs, but also good for the Environment, which is one of the GFWC CSPs (Community Service Programs).

Club members brought 18 costumes to Williamson Medical Center, which were accepted by Jennifer Harless, the NICU Nurse Manager and Rachel Caudle, who works with the Williamson Medical Center Foundation.

From left to right: Barbara Pisano, Brandy Klebs-Bolf, Jennifer Harless, and Vicki Bechet with some of the donated costumes.

Hygiene Items for the Well Food Pantry

As part of our Health & Wellness and Public Issues Community Service Programs, club members and others in our community recently collected a large variety of hygiene items which were sorted into Ziplock bags and delivered to The Well Food Pantry. Each packet contained full-size shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, and toothpaste. They also included a net scrubby poof. Additional items donated included deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Food insecure households should not have to decide between buying hygiene products and buying food. We have already met our commitment of 300 packets by mid-year!

Annual School Supplies Drive!

Our annual school supply drive will start soon! All types are needed. There are several drop-off locations throughout our two towns. We will divide and distribute to each elementary school in Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station!

We will also accept feminine hygiene products which will be donated to school nurses in local middle and high schools.

Thanks for your support!

March of Dimes and GFWC: Baby Blankets for Military

One of GFWC’s long standing affiliate organization is the March of Dimes. GFWC has a proud history of making baby blankets to support the March of Dimes Mission Health Baby program. Each year, more than 1,000 military families are treated to a “touch of home,” receiving education and gifts donated through our sponsors. However, there simply are not enough blankets and hats for every family. With GFWC’s help, we can change that. We are looking for folks who crochet, sew, and knit to help us provide baby blankets to our military families bringing a new baby home. Please see the information in the toolkit below:

Flood Disaster Relief Opportunity

Due to recent flash floods in Waverly, TN, the town’s only elementary school was severely damaged. All 10,000+ books in their library are ruined.

Each President of the GFWC of TN (General Federation of Women’s Clubs) comes up with a state-wide service project that is near and dear to them. For this term, it is the TRTL (pronounced Turtle) project, “Together, Replenishing Tennessee Libraries.

Originally, the project was going to concentrate on the four counties in TN whose elementary school libraries don’t reach the minimum requirement of 12 books per student. Clubs throughout the state have been tasked to collect and donate high quality hardcover library books for K-6th grade to those four counties. 

Due to the flood emergency, the school in Waverly has been added to the list. We will be collecting new and very gently used hardcover books appropriate for students from K-6/8th Grade. They need both classics and contemporary literature. We will also accept monetary donations that will be used to purchase books at a discount and other items needed by the school librarian. The GFWC of TN is 501(c)3 tax-exempt. All donations gratefully accepted. Please reach out to our club for more information. Our email address is gfwcspringstation AT gmail DOT com.

If you’re reading this from other locations, you can help in several ways:

*Donate new or gently used hardback books for grades K-8. Please, no Imagination Library Books. Books can be sent to TRTL c/o GFWC of TN, 1502 Gray Fox Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

*Host a book collection site. We can furnish you with a press release and the graphic to be placed on the front of your collection box.

*Donate books to collection sites. GFWC clubs throughout the state will be placing book boxes in their town. There are several box donation sites in the Spring Hill area, with more to be added:

Grecian Restaurant in Spring Hill
Triple Crown Bakery in Franklin
Re/Max Fine Homes in Spring Hill
Country Living Newbie Décor in Spring Hill
Trinity Church in Spring Hill
Edward Jones-Kelly Chris in North Columbia/Neapolis

*Make a monetary donation:

Checks can made made out to GFWC of TN and mailed to:

GFWC of TN Treasurer, 2113 Parliament Drive, Thompson’s Station, TN  37179 (attention:  TRTL)

Donations can also be sent to this PayPal Account: gfwcoftn AT gmail dot com. Note: TRTL Project

The GFWC of TN has 501c3 Nonprofit status from the IRS. We will be happy to send a receipt if requested.

Here is the Amazon Wish List compiled by the school librarian:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1711E4WDKRU6V?ref_=wl_share

Donation Drive from TitleWish:

https://www.titlewish.com/1094059?fbclid=IwAR297Ce0AspiWu89ushRU5BmZ5IMrgpx1-j1VFzoU9rKXYgCPpEgIAobDrY

Here is a donation collection drive via Scholastic Books:

PLEASE, if you give from one of these links, please give GFWC of TN credit in the note sections. Thank you!

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