Helping Hands of St. Johns County

At our monthly Friday meeting on April 28 we stuffed almost 40 handbags filled with very nice “lady” things; jewelry, cosmetics, scarfs, wallets, etc. that were given to a representative from Betty Griffin. These made a delightful Mother’s Day gift for the abused and neglected women served by this organization. Thanks for all the contributions and time filling the handbags.

This Memorial Day we honored the sacrifices of our fallen military with the Fallen Heroes Military Tribute ‘Field of Crosses’ from May 21 through May 30 at Swiss Cove Christian Church on State Road 13 in Switzerland, Fl. This memorial honored all our military lost. The ‘Field of Crosses’ represents all the Florida military lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope everyone was able to visit this moving tribute. We thank Swiss Cove Christian Church for continuing this tribute. We want to remember all the sacrifices that our military and their families have made for us. And remember there are still military personnel risking their lives for us every day. Thank you.

On May 26 we decorated knitted and crocheted hand muffs called Twiddle Muffs. We want to thank the branch manager of our partner, First Florida Credit Union, for showing us how to make these. It was fun seeing all the odds and ends that were found by our members to add to the muffs. We had all sorts of little pendants, buttons, beads, ribbons, crocheted balls, small teddy bears, etc. to be interesting sensory items. These Twiddle Muffs will be given to people with dementia. Besides keeping hands warm they provide stimulation and comfort for the restless hands of these people, help minimize agitation and promote brain stimulation.

Our Mother’s Day party with the residents of Buckingham Smith Assisted Living Facility was great. The residents were given plants in darling containers. They also made bird feeders. Ava Martin gave haircuts, Japke Gosselin played her accordion, and they all had fun playing ‘Price is Right’. Thank you to Chandra Garlipp for organizing such a fun time and a big thanks to all who helped her. She is busy planning another fun time for the residents, who are looking forward to a summer barbeque.

At our monthly meeting on June 30 will be at First Florida Credit Union at 1950 County Road 210 W, we will be doing a project we call ‘Nighty Nites’, where we provide a pair of pajamas and a book for the children at Sulzbacher homeless shelter. Any size or gender night clothes (no nightgowns) from babies to 16 will be appreciated.

Please visit our Facebook page Helping Hands of St. Johns County. Additional pictures and notices will be included on the site. Thanks.

Helping Hands of Saint Johns County is a volunteer organization started in 2006 that meets from 10 AM to noon the last Friday of the month. (March meeting will be March 24th.) There are no dues, officers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what is donated. Helping Hands is fortunate to have many community partners and could not exist without their help through donations of goods and services. The group meets a Faith Community Church, 3450 CR 210 W, Saint Johns FL 32259. For more information contact via email: jacqphil@aol.com

Respectfully submitted,
Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands

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