Sunday, June 22, 2008

Workdays on 2nd and 4th Thursdays!

Get the June 2008 flyer to copy and share.

Upcoming Workdays: So that we can reach the finish line with our Afghanistan project, we will return to having workdays on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the stake center. We may also announce workdays at other times and locations for specific purposes. We'll keep you posted...

  • Thu June 26 Come anytime between 11:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thu July 10
  • Thu July 24

Location: LDS Stake Center at the corner of 5th & Wabash in Redlands (next to the temple).

Sensory Blankets!

We are continuing to work on sensory blankets which will be given to autistic children through the Inland Regional Center. This is a perfect use for some of the extraordinary fabrics that have been donated as the key to these patchwork quilts is having each of the twelve squares be made of a different color and texture of fabric. In fact, the entire project will be completed with 100% donated materials! Thanks!

"We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, but we forget that he is someone today."

Stacia Tauscher

Parolee Support Update

Current priority hygiene items are shampoo, toothpaste, disposable razors, and gallon & sandwich size Ziploc bags. Remember that hotel samples of soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc. are welcome. Again, everything on the list is needed (see June flyer).

If you would like to learn of other ways the Step by Step Coalition is working to improve conditions and opportunities for parolees who have returned to our community – thereby improving our community – come find out more! The monthly board meeting – which is open to anyone who would like to attend – is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm at the Redlands United Church of Christ. It is located at 168 Bellevue Avenue in Redlands (corner of Olive and Bellevue).

"As disciples of Christ, we need to feel genuine charity for one another. As we do, new light will come into our own lives."

Elder M. Russell Ballard

Afghanistan II project news

Special Thanks to…
  • . . . all who continue to work on things at home. It's a tremendous help! Please be sure to return your work as quickly as possible when you have finished. Some items are counted closely and we need each one to be able to complete a given kit.
  • Home Depot in Redlands, who donated two large rolls of plastic sheeting for our birthing kits! That's a lot!
Special activities outside of this month's regular workdays included:
  • The women of the Citrus Hills ward in Corona focused on the book My Forbidden Face by Latifa at a recent book club where they enjoyed an interesting discussion. This book as well as ten other titles are available for loan. The newest book to our collection is Faith in the Service, Inspirational Stories from LDS Servicemen and Servicewomen published by Deseret Book.

  • Highland 2nd ward's young women met and assembled 247 sewing kits and prepared 200 small kits of gloves and pads which will go into our birthing kits. They were so fast, they wished they had more!

  • Children in an after-school program at Manuel Salinas Elementary School in San Bernardino met to learn about Afghanistan and have enthusiastically begun to make hats, sock dolls, ABC books and picture books to send as their gifts to the children in that country.

"If we are to teach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we must begin with the children."

Mahatma Gandhi

Current Needs
  • Donations especially needed right now: Nail brushes, toe nail clippers, roll-on deodorant, full-size toothpaste. Also, anything on the list below.
  • What you could do at home: For sewers: we have baby gowns cut out ready to sew together. Otherwise: We'd like to include a personal note in each of the birthing, hygiene, and school kits we are sending. (We'd especially like to have youth write the notes for the school kits.) How about taking a packet of 10 cards with instructions that you can take with you to write when you have a few minutes?

Donations are still being accepted

If you have any of the following you'd like to donate, please let us know so we can arrange the best way to get it from you. We are so grateful for the quality and quantity of donations that have already come in!

  • Medical equipment: wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, commodes, braces, etc. (all in good working condition)
  • Eyeglasses: in good condition
  • Clothing: all sizes, modest, new or nearly new
  • Shoes: new or nearly new
  • Coats & jackets: new or nearly new
  • Children's and Juvenile Books: very good condition
  • Textbooks – elementary thru university levels: very good condition
  • Medical journals
  • Sets of Encyclopedias and Dictionaries: very good condition
  • Puzzles - wooden or jigsaw: new or nearly new
  • Educational Games: ie. memory games
  • Sport Equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, ping pong balls, jump ropes, etc.
  • Lotion is regular size containers: not samples for this purpose as the packaging takes far too much shipping space for the value of the lotion.
  • Twin Size Flat Sheets: new; preferably white, but any color or print ok

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the light of that candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."


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