Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jones Organizes Gift to Rescue Mission

Cheryl Jones (far left) and her granddaughter, Alexis Warren,  presented 413 scarves to Barry Feaker (far right) and staff at the Rescue Mission.
  


Title I office paraprofessional Cheryl Jones has been busy for the past year. She set a goal of providing 200 hand-made scarves to the Rescue Mission during the holiday season. Since that's a lot for one person to make, she began looking for others to help. Through contacts with co-workers, friends and her church she got to work. As word spread, two other churches joined in the cause. The three churches who contributed were  Sacred Heart, St. Joseph and First Congregational Church.

Cheryl has taken donations to the Rescue Mission before and she wanted to do more. "I started out by asking a few people to help me reach my goal. I was overwhelmed by the all the support I received; we more than doubled my goal of 200!" 

When the final tally was made, Cheryl had inspired 413 handmade items, including the 25 she made herself. Most of the items were scarves, but there were also some hats. The delivery to the Rescue Mission was made on November 11.

She plans to continue the tradition for next year and welcomes the help of anyone who would like to contribute.