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Woman’s Club News…

The Washington Grove Woman’s Club looks back on 2018 and forward to 2019
Closing the Clubhouse for the winter is always a time to look back and look forward. And what a wonderful year of Town events and outreach programs it was! We started January with our annual White Elephant sale then moved on to February for the traditional Chili Supper. Spring brought our Egg Hunt for the kids and the Flower Show for everyone. June was our Progressive Porch Party and in July we hosted a Greyhound Rescue talk. In the heat of August, we had a board meeting and started selling Washington Grove Magnets. September was a banner month with our Pot Luck Supper and Auctions to raise money to start a Field Trip Fund for Washington Grove Elementary. In October we hosted a talk by one of our residents, and November was our last meeting of the year. Remember, it’s never too early to start searching for those wonderful White Elephants for our January sale!

Though our Clubhouse is closed for the winter, we will still be working on our Community Outreach Programs to help the less fortunate of our neighbors. Whatever pulls at your heart strings, we have a need you can fulfill.

The Washington Grove Elementary School’s Teachers Closet
We continue to collect school supplies for the Teachers Closet. We hope to keep it filled with things like glue sticks, pencils and sharpeners, paper, hand sanitizers and tissues, and other supplies. Without our help, teachers will all too often end up buying these things out of their own pockets.

Working with Interfaith Works
While the less fortunate children of our County need essentials, they also need occasional treats in their lives, and we help provide these by collecting Birthday Presents and small Treasure Chest items to be distributed through Interfaith works. This year, for the first time, Interfaith is also collecting holiday presents for 250 families, and we’re hoping to help contribute. They’re asking for gifts for children 12 years old and under, and gift cards in any amount for Giant, Safeway and Target.

There is also an ongoing need for new underwear for boys and girls from toddlers to teens. Last summer they put out an urgent request for these, and through the incredible generosity of our Town, we were able to provide over 250 pair. We have developed sources for purchasing the underwear, so the easiest way to help with this need is through money donations.

White Socks for the Gude Men’s Shelter
Winter is hard enough for the homeless without going without socks! This winter we are continuing to collect new white socks for the men at the Shelter.

The Linus Project
For those who like the spend the long winter months on indoor projects, we are supporting The Linus Project, which makes fleece blankets for children in need of comfort when they are in the hospital or foster care. If you are interest in helping with this, contact Marilynn Frey to get a set of the instructions.

Where to Bring Your Contributions
You can drop off your contributions in the painted can on Wendy Weisbard’s porch at 119 Grove Road, or you can leave them in the plastic bins on the Clubhouse porch. Drop them off and we’ll sort where they go! Checks are always appreciated too, just put in the memo field if you want your donation to go to a specific project.

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