Whoever said seniors aren’t busy, hasn’t met the people at The Meadows at Glenwyck.
At least not the ones in the service club.
They have various fundraisers every month, along with continuous drives and collections for organizations like the Beads for Life, Thomas Corners Fire Department, Toys for Tots, Animal Protective Foundation and others.
“We are active seniors and we’d like to give back,” said Sandy Brewster, the chairperson of the club.
She and a few others began the club last fall as a way to connect with the community and to continue on in some of the ways they’ve volunteered throughout their lives.
“I think we were all active in volunteerism,” said Dolores Cruso, a club member. Most members volunteered in local hospitals, with 4-H programs or Boy Scout programs and other community programs.
But after moving into Glenwyck, many had to put a stopper on their usual ways of volunteering. The service club has offered a place for residents to come and do that.
For their latest project, they crafted more than 20 fleece blankets for Things of My Very Own, a non-profit providing everything from clothes to food to programs for abused/neglected children.
“It was therapy for us because we talk [while we make the blankets] and solved the world’s problems, you know how it goes,” said Ellen Funke, another member.
Just about every weekend, the club got together to work on the blankets together; cutting and tying away, talking and shooting the breeze. It also gets them talking to people they might not have met before.
“I never would have met Sandy if I hadn’t done this,” Funke said.
The blankets will be used by Things of My Own, Inc., which the non-profit is incredibly grateful for.
“As a non-profit, [we’re] depending on other people and grants,” said Rayn Boncie, the founder of Things of My Very Own. The children who the non-profit work with are often coming from homes without proper heating systems and blankets, especially during the winter, are often in short supply.
Boncie said it’s great to get donations at this time of year when there is sometimes a lull in donations and volunteers after the holiday season. Things of My Very Own is currently in a difficult situation as it is. The company Tempur-Pedic has offered to sell brand new beds to the non-profit at $58 each (the mattresses are usually over $1,000), but Things of My Very Own needs to purchase at least $7,000 worth of the beds. It’s no small number for the non-profit, but Bonice said that every child is required to have a bed and not all of them have one when they’re transitioning out of abusive situations.
It’s exactly the sort of cause the Service Club is eager to help with.
Boncie said that having blankets that are homemade means a lot to the kids, that sort of care gets passed on in a way.
But Brewster said the Service Club is far from done. They’re already planning to make hats for newborn babies next month. Plus they’ll be keeping up with their box-top collection for Glen-Worden Elementary and their bottle/can drive for the Animal Protective Foundation.
For more information on how to help out Things of My Very Own, Inc. visit thingsofmyveryown.org or call 518-630-5143.