Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Volunteers Work Hard to Keep Kids Warm

Students in the Cornerstones Classroom at Kids Learning Place are thrilled with their gifts from the RSVP Program.

Every child was thrilled at the prospect of choosing a gift from the multicolored pile of handmade caps and scarves that was on the table in the Head Start classrooms at Kids Learning Place. Each child picked their favorite, sometimes by color or maybe just the one they liked the best; but everyone tried them on for size and to see just how warm they were.

All of these hats and scarves were made and donated by the Knit and Stitch group, which consists of a small group of RSVP volunteers that work to turn skeins of donated yarn into items to be given out to people in need over the holidays and during the year. Most of the group works at home on the projects all year and many of the volunteers also make lap blankets, afghans, and baby blankets that are donated through the local nursing homes, Veterans Hospitals, Hospice of Miami County, and Early Head Start.

Krissy McKim-Barker from Miami Co. Hospice said, “We express our deepest appreciation for the partnership with the RSVP program. Because of their generosity, we have been able to begin a new program called “Comfort Quilts” whereby each and every new patient is provided a hand-made quilt or afghan that is personally delivered by Hospice.”

Wouldn’t you like to volunteer? There are SO many opportunities available in Darke County for those who are age 55 and over through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The Knit and Stitch group is just one option available, our volunteer opportunities will help you can get out of the house and benefit your community. Remember volunteering is good for your physical and mental health and a great way to make new friends.

Call today and we will get you signed up and ready to volunteer! Contact Abhy Mangen, the RSVP recruiter at 937-548-8002 or email her at rsvpdk@councilonruralservices.org. She can answer your questions and enroll you in the program.

RSVP is a program of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning for more info check the Web site at www.councilonruralservices.org

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