On June 22 the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored a women's community service day and potluck. They invited other women in the community to join and tackled several projects.
These projects included a food drive for the Surface Creek Food Bank, quilt tying for quilts to be donated to local needy families or causes, card making to give cards to local firefighters, police officers, and military personnel and weeding areas for the Town of Cedaredge.
Some women also decorated "Blessing Bags" where each woman who decorated a bag will take it home, fill it with inexpensive items she chooses and pass it onto another woman who could use a bit of light in her life. She then encourages that woman to do the same.
Clothing and resources foster families need when they have children arrive without items were previously donated and on Saturday these items were sorted. Titled, "Foster Family Clothing Project," they moved items from bags and boxes into sizes/gender and put them in labeled bins for easy access.
When asked what the goals of this project were, Tanya Simler, one of the leaders for the service day, responded the group hoped to give support and service to organizations in our area who help others, build a greater sense of community and build understanding and friendships among the women of our community.
The idea for a day of service stemmed from conversations amongst the women participating in World Day of Prayer. "As we have talked there, a few of us decided it would be nice to have a community service day where we could continue our friendships and make a difference in our own community," said Simler.
She then worked alongside the leadership of the women's group, Relief Society, to make this dream a reality.