Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club received tremendous support from its fall blanket drive to benefit children within the community. On a sunny Friday morning on Dec. 20, members were able to deliver nearly 70 blankets and quilts to two local entities who serve children in need. Rosewood Aktion Club donated blankets to Family Crisis Center and to the Barton County Health Department.
“Our community stepped up in a huge way to support this drive,” said Rosewood Aktion Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “Our club members worked extremely hard organizing this drive, but we are overwhelmed with the support we received in providing the gift of warmth to children this holiday season. We know both organizations will find good homes for the blankets.”
Family Crisis Center has received other blanket donations this holiday season, but executive director Joanne Wondra said there can never be enough blankets donated to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence in the organization’s 10-county area. During the past three months, especially, all shelters have been full and the blanket supplies have depleted quickly, she said.
“We certainly appreciate your kindness because blankets are comfort for our children,” Wondra told Rosewood Aktion Club members. “Every child who comes into here leaves with a blanket and other necessary items. We need blankets all the time, and I know that our children will love and appreciate them.”
Along with other blankets donated to Barton County Health Department, six baby quilts were donated that were made by Rosewood Services’s sewing class.
“This is so wonderful,” said Public Health Nurse Debra Higgins as she held one of the donated quilts. “Part of our job at the Health Department is that we follow our mothers through their pregnancy and we present parents with a blanket for their newborn. These donations are much needed and we can’t thank you enough.”
Rosewood Aktion Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.