DEARBORN, Michigan – Dearborn Rotarians and guests are invited to help make blankets for kids at the Club’s regularly scheduled lunch meeting at Park Place Catering in Dearborn on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
The blankets are an initiative of Child’s Hope “Blankets for Kids” program in collaboration with Kids-Talk Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). Child’s Hope serves as a central voice for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County. Blankets are given to children who are suspected victims of abuse and receive medical evaluations at the CAC. The blankets provide warmth and emotional comfort during the exam and later.
“This is a hands-on community service project,” said Dearborn Rotarian Darlene Schoolmaster. “Making the blankets is a simple process that involves no sewing skills so everyone can easily participate.”
Schoolmaster added that funds to purchase fabric and fleece for the blankets was made possible by a $1,000 grant from the Dearborn Rotary Foundation and a matching community grant from Rotary District 6400.
In addition to the Child’s Hope initiative, Dearborn Rotarians volunteer for a variety of community service projects throughout the year, including the Dearborn Homecoming Fishing Derby, Telegraph Road Adopt-A-Highway program, Santa Snaps workshop at the Wayne County Lightfest, and others.
“By working together on projects like these, our members form a strong bond and truly demonstrate Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’,” said Jim Thorpe, 2013-14 Dearborn Rotary Club president.
Guests and prospective members are welcome at any of the Club’s weekly lunch meetings that are held at Park Place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each Thursday, except holidays.
“Attending our December 19th meeting and helping to make blankets is a great way to learn more about Rotary and the Child’s Hope initiative,” added Thorpe.
Rotary is the world’s first service organization, which was founded by Paul P. Harris in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices. Today, Rotary has evolved into an international service organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders in 33,000 clubs worldwide. The Rotary Club of Dearborn is one of 50 clubs in Rotary District 6400 which includes Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties in Michigan and Essex County in Ontario. Dearborn Rotary meets weekly on Thursdays at Park Place at 11:30 AM in Dearborn. For additional information, visit www.dearbornrotary.org or call 313-278-7233.