GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Vernon, New Jersey

Highlands District

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Chair Barbara Fimia

Newton Hospital — There are two areas which we focus on in serving Newton Hospital. Comfort Pillows are handmade for patients who have undergone surgery, either breast or abdominal, to ease the pressure of the seatbelt restraint once they are discharged from the hospital. Cancer hats are knitted or crochet in bright colors and distributed to patients who have undergone Chemotherapy and have endured hair loss. Throw sized blankets were handmade for children who have been hospitalized. Appropriate patterned fleece blankets were also distributed among the children.

Newton Hospital Cancer Center — Knitted blankets are provided to patients undergoing Chemotherapy at this facility. These blankets need to be wide and long enough to cover their bodies, as they experience feeling very cold as they receive treatment.

Cookie Project— The month of February is very special. We ask each of our members to bake six dozen cookies or if not a baker purchase six dozen and bring to the meeting. Cookies are not to contain nuts. An assembly line is then placed into motion. Cookies are placed on a long table and some members proceed to fill colorful plastic Valentine treat bags. Other members insert a tag indicating where the cookies are from and then the bag is tied off with ribbon. Another group of members prepare bags filled with sugar free cookies. Once the treat bags are complete, they are placed in grocery brown bags and delivered to The Homestead Nursing Home in Andover, Family Promise Main House in Newton, Birth Haven in Newton and DASI Outreach in Newton.

Putting Prayers To Action formally known as Tender Loving Care Ministries. Every Spring and Fall outfits are purchased for a girl and a boy by two of our very skilled shoppers. Ages and sizes vary depending on the need. A dollar amount is allocated according to our budget. Hat, scarf, and mitten sets are knitted by members using yarn donated by the community. All this clothing is then mailed to the Appalachian Service Area, which consists of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Barbara Fimia

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