Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

October 20, 2009

Caring Hearts elects officers

Caring Hearts' newly elected director is Jean Wettlaufer. She is well known for her work with Women’s Connection and with other charitable groups in the area. Wettlaufer is one of the six original members of Caring Hearts who began the original group in November of 1997. Ms. Wettlaufer will be supported on the board by Beverly Garrison, secretary; Robbie Wightman, treasurer; MaryJo Jodarski, event chair; and Lita Crain. Their meetings are the second Friday of each month at the FFG United Methodist Church in Fairfield Glade at 9:30 a.m. Each month the volunteers work on projects to help "the least of these" and at home the volunteers crochet, knit or sew such things as baby blankets; walker, diaper and hygiene bags; sew 24 adult bibs for WyndRidge residents monthly and so much more.

In 2010 the group will start a new project to benefit their sister agencies: B4BOOKS, SACS, and Plateau Pregnancy Services. Under the direction of Jean Wettlaufer and Ellen Freel from Caring Hearts and Karen Martin, their affiliate from B4BOOKS, the group will start a diaper bank. This is a much needed service in this area and will benefit many needy babies. To offer your help with this project you may contact Jean at 484-5082, Ellen at 456-1954, or Karen at 456-1809. Caring Hearts also plans to have their annual Health Fair in May at the Village Green Mall and needs volunteers to help. They will begin to sign up health care professionals as early as February. If you would like to join the Health Fair planning committee, call MaryJo at 456-1880 or Margaret at 707-5662.

Christmas in August is also planned including a bake sale, recipe exchange, and much more to raise funds for the 300 Christmas stockings their volunteers will be crocheting, sewing, and filling for needy children.

2010 will be a year of many fun filled events and less "meeting" oriented activities.

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