By Gina Noe
Extension Homemakers are a generous and hardworking group. In this week’s article I would like to give thanks to the Madison County Extension Homemakers Association for the work they do to make Madison County a better place to work and live.
Just last week, the Extension Homemakers donated almost 500 handmade bears and puppies to Baptist Health Richmond and St. Joseph Berea. These were given to emergency room staffs to be handed out to children who are admitted to the ER. Many nurses and parents of recipients of the stuffed animals have spoken of the comfort the animals provide during a difficult and sometimes frightening time for the children.
Earlier this fall, the group collected and donated 60 socks filled with assorted personal care items to the Lexington VA Medical Center. The socks, like the bears, are a small thing that shows the kindness and consideration Extension Homemakers.
One of the causes supported by Kentucky Extension Homemakers is the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the University of Kentucky. Each year Madison County members donate $1 of their dues to the fund. For several years they have also organized a fall cooking school as both an educational event and a fund raiser for Ovarian Cancer. This year their donation from the school will be almost $500.
This spring, the Madison County Extension Homemaker Association received a state award for the “Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference” contest. The goals of the project were to share basic sewing skills with non- sewing youth and adults and then to give their finished pillowcases to a charity of their choice. Over 300 pillow cases were made and donated to organizations such as the Madison County Foster Care Program, the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, the Hopes Wings Domestic Violence Shelter and the Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women.
For the past five years, The Gardeners of Madison County Homemaker Club has taken care of the garden at the entrance to the fort at Boonesborough State Park. The garden is a mixture of flowers, herbs and native plants of Kentucky.
Extension Homemakers have been a driving force for the Clothesline of Quilts project since it began. To date over 80 quilts have been painted and hung, blanketing our county. The latest additions are the Celtic Knot and Geese Around the Cabin which are free standing on the Extension Center grounds. Drive by to see them.
An ongoing project is the collection of coupons for soldiers overseas. This year five pounds have been sent and more will be mailed in April.
Several of the Homemakers are making pillow slip dresses for little girls in Haiti as one of their international projects. The Evening Sewing Group is making dresses for little girls in Eastern Kentucky and tote bags for the Madison County Library.
These are just some of the community service projects Extension Homemakers have undertaken. If you would like to find out more about Extension Homemakers or become a member call 623-4072 or check our website at http://madison.ca.uky.edu/familyconsumerscienceshttp://madison.ca.uky.edu/familyconsumersciences. Happy New Year!