Members in Action
2022 Foster Child Birthday Bags
Our WCOS Civic Engagement CSP saw a need and jumped right in to help. Through IOW Social Services, our ladies collected and coordinated the delivery of birthday bags and gifts designed to ensure that some of our local Foster Care children have a Happy Birthday! Bags contained cake mixes, frostings, party hats and favors and birthday gifts - in short, everything needed for a birthday party. Such fun for both our Club and the children who receive these bags of goodies!
Pictured at right:
Donna Waldmiller, Claire Phillips,
Fran Frank and Susan Patchell
Pictured at left, standing:
Mary Stowe, Shirley Land and Peggy Christian.
Carol Austin, Sandy Spain and Janice Dolensky
March of Dimes Mom Care Bags
On behalf of the March of Dimes Mom Care Bag Program, The Woman’s Club of Smithfield donated 24 Mom Care Bags to Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Each Mom Care Bag contained a total of 14 personal care items, a journal and pen, and herbal tea for the mother. Also in each bag for their baby were 2 receiving blankets or a crib blanket, a newborn pajama, and a wet-diaper bag. The Mom Care Bags will be handed out to each mother that delivers a premature or emergency birth baby to help pamper the mom during her hospital stay. Their baby can be wrapped up in love when ready to leave the hospital for home.
The Club members, Sharon Ewell, Peggy Christian, and Janice Dolensky were warmly greeted by the hospital volunteer staff. The donated Mom Care Bags were accepted and greatly appreciated. This was definitely a rewarding and good-feeling project.
Mom Items contributed: Cozy socks, Mani/Pedi kit, Body lotion, Brush & Comb, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Chapstick, Purse tissues, Journal with pen, Herbal tea.
Baby Items donated: 2 Receiving blankets or 1 crib blanket, Newborn Pajama, Wet-diaper bag (for soiled items)
Pictured at left:
Laura Dee Read and
2022 Annual Red Cross Blood Drive
On Thursday, January 13, 2022, ten members of The Woman's Club of Smithfield volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Drive held at Trinity Methodist Church. WCOS members Sandy Spain and Peggy Christian coordinated the event with the Red Cross. The Woman's Club ladies greeted and registered donors as they arrived throughout the day. Water and snacks were also provided by the members. The Red Cross gives out donation pins to donors who achieve blood donation milestones. Shirley Land (pictured second from left, standing, in the top photo at left) will receive a pin after donating a total of eight gallons of blood since she first became a Red Cross donor. The event exceeded the Red Cross goal of collecting 72 pints of blood, as 77 pints were actually collected. A heartfelt "Thank You" to all those who donated blood and to all the volunteers who gave their time to make this event such a great success!
Janice Dolensky, Peggy Christian and Sharon Ewell
Pictured above right:
Janice Dolensky and Sharon Ewell with Riverside Regional Medical Center personnel