Patriots and Paws Project 🖋 Crystal Gates, 2016-2017 Project Chair
Wreaths placed on gravesites at Arlington Cemetary.
YLWC members present from left: Jackie McPheeters, Aileen Baker, Louise Hernandez, Margaret Donovan, Heather LaPorte, Myra Miles, Melodee Ashe, Kathy Carswell, LaVerne Stern, Sue Hillman and Norma Susic.
Support of Veterans 1st 🖋 Sandy Castle, 2016-2017 Project Chair
From left, Carrie Knipfer, Margie Donovan, Lucy Huerta Patriots & Paws Chair 2015-2016, Ans Varenhorst and Louise Hernandez.
Wreaths Across America 🖋 Linda Queen, 2016-2017 Project Chair
Patriot & Paws Announces the Opening of their Thrift Store!
We are so excited to share this news with you! For years we have been blessed and have had generous donors donating items beyond our mission statement and have been passing them on to other organizations that have their own thrift stores, it was time we opened our own.
All funds raised will continue to let us help our Veterans/Active Duty/Reservists with practical home furnishings and uniting them with a rescued companionship animal so they can be trained to become a service dog. All for free.
The members in the Sewing Groups met in October to work on more items for the various projects. There was more fabric donated so some time was spent going through it to determine what can be used. This month Venita will have her group working on bibs, baby blankets and burp cloths that will be donated to the MEU Baby Basket project.
(below far left) was instrumental in
Dedication Plaque replaced on Mrs. Nixon's Memorial Bench.
Our club members meet at 9:30 the second Tuesday of the month at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
Sew Much Comfort 🖋 Venita Baker and Aileen Baker, 2016-2017 Project Chairs
We are looking for knitters and crocheters to make scarves that are 6" wide by 60" long. Please use muted colors for our servicemen and women.
YLWC's guest speaker in November 2016 was Bridget Blehm who is the Executive Director for Families of Active Military. Bridget spoke on the work being done for servicemen and servicewomen to readjust with their families when they return from their tour of duty. The program adopts families at Christmas time. They have a house in Big Bear where families can go to spend time together. Two hundred and fifty boxes of food were collected and given to families this year. Bridget and her husband Eddie gave Louise Hernandez, YLWC club president, and Susie Autry, club webmaster, a tour of Arlington.
Public Issues Community Service Program 🖋 Sandy Castle, 2016-2017 Program Chair CURRENT PROJECTS:
Active Military Thanksgiving Fixins'
Honoring Mrs. Nixon
Honor Flight "Mail Call"
Knit Your Bit (OD Special Project)
Navajo Children Holiday Gifts
Patriots & Paws
Sew Much Comfort
Troopons (Coupons for the Military)
Veterans' 1st Support
Wreaths Across America Day
By Venita Baker & Aileen Baker, 2016 Project Chairs November 2016 YLWC Newsletter
Venita Baker is one of our leaders in our Sewing Philanthropy. She is seen here delivering Trauma Bears to the Yorba Linda Fire Dept. These bears are used by the firemen when they console and rescue children.
Are you interested in learning more about the Honor Flight "Mail Call" program? Here is a wonderful Youtube Video we all should watch. Click here.
Each year, the club members fill a gallon bag with small presents labeled for a girl or boy with a noted age group. These bags are delivered to the Four Corners' Navajo Reservation. The girls and boys greatly enjoy
the gifts and the basketballs.
The YLWC sewing philanthropy meets at the Yorba Linda Community Center the first Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00. We always accept donations of fabric and volunteers to cut, package and even sew!
This year we joined many other GFWC clubs and other groups across our nation to participate in the Wreaths Across America Project. This project will put a Wreath on a Military gravesite. The placement of the wreaths is timed to take place all across America on the same day and at the same time. The wreaths were placed in Arlington Cemetary at 9:00 a.m. so we placed ours at the Memorial Gardens in Brea at 12:00 p.m. Two of our members have spouses buried there.
Knit Your Bit (Orange District Special Project) 🖋 Jane Spence, 2016-2017 Project Chair
Active Military Thanksgiving Fixins' 🖋 Sandy Castle, 2016-2017 Project Chair
From left: Louise Hernandez, YLWC President; Ling Ling Chang, Assembly Member; Ed Royce, Congressman; Heather Laporte and Martha Doose YLWC members.