The GFWC Spring Station Woman’s Club is proud to announce updates to the exhibits and activities that will take place during their “Federation Fun For a Cause” free event on April 20 at the Spring Hill Library from 10 am – 12 noon.
“We have added a book reading by Samantha DeGrasse, the author of Taber the Beautiful. This wonderful book is about self esteem and bullying. Ms. DeGrasse will be reading her book at 10:30 am.” said Jessie Kinleyside, chairman of the Federation Day activities. The dynamic Samantha DeGrasse, mother, author, speaker and entrepreneur never gave up on her goals. From the age of eight when she first began writing in her journal, she knew she wanted to one day write and publish her own books. Mission accomplished. Inspired by the creativity of the arts while growing up in the Bronx, New York, Samantha has parlayed that energy into two published books. With a degree in Sociology and a minor in Communications, she is in pursuit of her M.Ed. in School Counseling. Her books teach valuable life lessons to children. A love of horses became the catalyst for writing her most recent book, Taber the Beautiful, a beautifully illustrated horse story. Samantha plans to make Taber the first in a series of books for children—each with a life message. DeGrasse’s books can be found locally at Landmark Booksellers, Franklin, Parnassus Books and Cheekwood, Nashville as well as online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
They will also have a car seat check by the Car Safety Seat van from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Technicians will be available to assess how parents have installed car seats and offer corrections/guidance to insure children are protected to the best capability of the car seat. All expectant and current parents are encouraged to participate. Using a child safety seat is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Every state in the United States requires that an infant or small child be restrained. And with good reason — unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children, and most such injuries are automobile crashes. Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury, especially for babies but also for toddlers. Yet many safety seats are used incorrectly. It’s up to parents to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and harness your child for the ride.
The club will be accepting donations of breakfast foods for The Well Food Pantry, Box tops for education, and “Dress for Success” – gently used, current style women’s professional suits/outfit for the Hope House Domestic Violence Shelter in Columbia.
In addition, they are asking for men’s clothing items for “Sew Much Comfort”. Sew Much Comfort (www.sewmuchcomfort.org) provides FREE adaptive (Velcro closures) clothing to support the unique needs of our wounded service members from all branches of the Military and National Guard serving in current conflicts. These injuries require large fixator devices, prosthetics and casts that are too bulky to wear regular clothing so wounded service members are limited to wearing hospital gowns. They design the clothing to appear as normal civilian apparel.
Sew Much Comfort is the only organization providing FREE adaptive clothing to wounded service members. Since their founding in November 2004, they have distributed more than 122,000 pieces of adaptive clothing to our wounded. The club is collecting the following items:
Athletic shorts: Basket ball style, or cotton knit – all with elastic waist – inseam at least 7” long, 9” is preferred. Prefer no lining, pockets or side stripes. Sizes: Large, XL, XXL.
Light Weight PJ Bottoms & Lounge Pants (no flannel or short PJ pants): woven cotton or cotton knit – all with elastic waist. Solid colors,small plaid prints or stripe in masculine colors. Sizes: Large, X‐Large, XX‐Large
Boxers: Woven or cotton knit (no polyester and no boxer briefs). Can be fun or wild designs. Sizes: XX‐Large and XXX‐Large ONLY.