Humanitarian Workday Scheduled

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All Rim country residents are invited to participate in a humanitarian workday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at the Mormon church at 913 S. Ponderosa Street just south of the hospital.

"Last year we had mostly LDS volunteers, but this year we want to really make an effort to involve the whole community," Evalee Hall, one of the organizers of the event, said. "There is just so much need in the world."

Participants in the event, which is subtitled "By Small and Simple Things," will be working on a number of projects to benefit local causes as well as others that will benefit people in disaster areas around the world. Randy Roberson of World Aid and Share the Care International will be the featured speaker, and will show video footage of some of the disaster areas he has visited, including earthquakes in Colombia and Turkey, floods in Africa, and war refugees in Kosovo.

"With two-thirds of the world being classified as Third World, I'll try to give them a better understanding of that part of the world," Roberson said.

"Randy has been all over the world and he works in shelter, water, and food distribution," Hall said. "He will bring the message home to us."

Projects for local causes include:

Ironing items for the Mogollon Health Alliance's Olde Tyme Auction on May 11.

Stuffing "trauma" bears for the Payson Regional Medical Center emergency room that are given to children who are brought to that facility.

Projects for disaster areas of the world include:

Tying lap quilts and baby quilts.

Sewing and decorating T-shirt dresses.

Knitting caps and scarves with "no-talent-needed" knitting hoops.

Painting wall hangings to provide stimulation to babies who lie in cribs all day.

Assembling basic hygiene kits that include such items as combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hand towels and travel sewing kits.

Gathering and boxing donated items such as coats, sweaters and blankets.

Hall said the T-shirt dresses are an especially popular item because most of the women in developing countries wear dresses instead of pants.

"We sew a piece of gathered material on the bottom of a T-shirt and it becomes a dress," she said.

Finished and collected items will be shipped to the church's distribution center in Salt Lake City. Last year, about 100 volunteers packed 173 hygiene kits, collected and packed tons of coats, knitted over 50 hats, painted 25 wall hangings, and completed 75 trauma bears.

"We need to get as many people involved as possible," Hall said. "We have so much and they have so little."

Volunteers are encouraged to bring any leftover yarn, ribbon, fabric batting or stuffing they might have with them to the workday. Brunch will be served.

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