Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Humanitarian Update and Invitation to workday on November 11, 2010

               2010-10 working on afghan                            

Come Join Us

Thursday, November 11, 2010

You are invited to drop by the
LDS Stake Center
at the corner of 5th and Wabash in Redlands
any time between the hours of
11 am and 8 pm

You’re invited to join us on November 11th and may choose from the following activities:          

  • “Clean, Warm, and Cozy” Coat Drive: For the second year, we are assisting the Redlands Service Clubs Council in providing coats and other warm items to the needy this winter.  The Redlands Unified School District is collecting items as they did last year, but this year every school is participating.  In addition, the City of Redlands and University of Redlands have also come on board.    

    Part One will take place at workday on Thursday when deliveries from all locations except the elementary school will arrive.  We’ll be sorting and bagging items to be cleaned with instructions on where to return them.  

    Part Two will take place on or after November 19th when we get all the donations from the elementary schools.  We’ll send out information on how you can help with this second part after we finish up this week. 

    It’s important that we complete this project as quickly as possible so that the items can be put to use in time for the cold weather. 

    This year we’ll be providing warm items for four organizations:


    SO… come by, help sort, and take a bag to clean. 

    Here’s a look at last year with some interesting details you may enjoy learning about: 

  • ORIGAMI CRANES: Well, we’re off and running - or should I say flying - with this project. One hundred cranes were completed by the end of workday last month and another 110 were made by the Redlands 4th ward young women. Check last month’s post for details of why we are involved with this effort. Also look to see how you can order origami paper for free. We need all we can get. Good quality wrapping paper also works well. Here’s part of our ‘flock’:

2010-10 origami cranes

    We’ll be doing this for awhile, so if you’re already into scrapbooking or would like to learn, we could use your help. We could use more cute paper and card stock if you have any to donate.
    Come and choose a gift tag for one of our twelve boys. We would like to give three gifts to each boy. A $20 gift card to Target, $15 gift card to Walmart, and $10 in cash to purchase a duffle bag (which we have already selected). Return your tag with your gift by next workday. These gifts will be delivered with Christmas stockings filled by the Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 979.

Putting the tags together…2010-10 making gift tags for boys home 

Choose a tag and return on or before workday on Dec 9th.             2010 Boys Home gift cards 01

  • COLLECTING FOR INROADS REHABILITATION PROGRAM: We will continue to collect paperback copies of the Book of Mormon and personalize them before delivering them to INROADS which will disperse them to four county jails.
  •  GRANNY SQUARES INTO AFGHANS: See our first completed afghan! Just the right size for a lap quilt and so colorful! Come help us crochet more squares and put them together into lap quilts!      

  2010-10 Trish with afghan

  • WINTER HATS FOR THE HOMELESS:   If you have never made one of these hats, you’ve got to learn how! They are easy and something to do when watching TV or listening to your children read. We have looms you can check out and yarn too. Last year we gave 140 hats to the Blessing Center/Joseph’s Storehouse to share with the homeless who spend cold winter nights there in their cold-weather shelter. How many will we have this year? We’ll count and let you know next time.


  •  SLIPPERS ON LOOMS:  Learn how to make slippers on the smallest hat loom (the blue one).    
  • ASSEMBLE HYGIENE KITS for area parolees. We’ll continue as we’ve done now for several years. Thanks to several faith groups from all over town for your contributions to this cause! Contributions of any hygiene items are welcome, including trial size. Our most needed items right now are pocket-size notebooks,  washcloths,and toothpaste.  The 99cent store, Dollar Tree, and Big Lots are good places to pick up some inexpensively.
  • QUILTS:  As always... there will be quilts to put together, sew, and tie. 

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Here’s an update of what’s been done in the past month outside of our regular workday.  Thanks for making it happen!

  • ROBERTSON BOYS’ HOME: Our boys were treated to a Halloween surprise prepared by a class of mentally handicapped students at Anderson School in San Bernardino. Tom, one of the students, joined in the delivery, as did my friend, Vincent.

(Check here tomorrow for pictures of the delivery.)

  • It was also Rayvon’s birthday.  One mom who delivered said, “…he was very grateful & thanked us many times. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to do this...it's a wonderful feeling being a part of something that has nothing to do with ourselves.”

  • Thanks to the Redlands 3rd ward sisters who tied yet two more baby quilts this past month.

  • Students at Anderson School are also assembling new-release hygiene kits for our area parolees.  These are smaller kits include washcloth, toothbrush, nail clippers, comb, pocket-size notebook, and pen.  New parolees receive one of these kits in addition to a larger ‘re-fill’ kit when they are first released from prison.

    2010 -10 hygiene new-release


From times past...

  • Do these pictures bring back memories?

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  • If you’d like to participate in our work, but can’t come to workday, you can still participate by making a donation or choosing something you'd like to do at home. Just contact the specialist from your ward or congregation. If you do not have one, contact Jean Arnott at jeanarnott@gmail.com.

  • If you would like to contribute financially, you may do so by making a check out to the Redlands California Stake and send it to Jean Arnott, 31838 Florida Avenue, Mentone 92359.

    If you know someone who doesn’t know about our efforts and might like to help, please pass the word along to them.

    We’ll continue to have workdays on the 2nd Thursday of each month. So put a star on those dates and see you next time on December 9th, same time & place.

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