Health & Wellness Updates
December was a busy time and the Health and Wellness Committee completed 2 projects to support Sexual Assault Survivors and Domestic Violence Families.
The Sexual Assault Project was completed. This involved putting together Comfort Sacks that contained new clothing and toilet articles for women to use after medical exams in the Emergency Department Twenty Sacks have been completed to be given to 2 hospitals in the greater Salem NH Area. Club members have donated most of these items and it is through your generosity that this project has been successful.
The second project completed was supporting 4 families who are fleeing domestic violence. Many articles of clothing and household items were donated by club members and a 200 gift Card to Walmart was given to each family to use towards clothing, food needs, and hopefully a Christmas gift for the children. These items were given to the YWCA to distribute to the families as their locations are kept confidential. We thank club members for their generous support.
A new project will begin in 2023. The GFWC NH Health and Wellness Community Service Program Chairman is inviting all GFWC NH Clubs to participate in the “Way to Glow” Walking Club starting in January 2023. This can be done in groups or as individuals, and it is a great way to exercise and improve your health. We will discuss this at our next meeting, and I have ideas on how everyone can participate
The Health and Wellness Committee has been busy reaching out to the organizations that have asked for our support. In November we donated to Silverthorne Adult Day Care and to the Greater Salem Caregivers. Many of us attended their Annual Gala and it was a great time.
This month we are donating to the Up Reach Therapeutic Equestrian Program. Our Comfort bag project to support sexual assault patients in the Parkland and Holy Family Emergency Departments is going well, and we so appreciate all donations. We will meet after our December meeting back at the church to assemble the items we have. The goal is to have 10 comfort bags completed to deliver to Parkland in December and then we can do an additional 10 for Holy Family to be delivered in January when they plan to be up as a site. Please bring any donations to our next Meeting/Holiday Party on December 6 and whatever else we need to finish the bags that will be purchased out of our budget. So far, we have had good donations and the members have been very generous.
The Health & Wellness Committee has identified 4 families in need at a local Domestic Violence Shelter. If you can donate any of these slightly used items, please bring them to the December meeting.
Family 1: Maternity shirts Size Small, Maternity pants. Size Small, Maternity bra and underwear. Size S. Snow boots. Size 6, Baby clothing, socks, shoes for a girl. Due date is in December
Family 2: Sneakers Size 6, Women’s Clothing Size M, Underwear Size Small, Bath Towels, Hygiene products
Family 3: Shoes or winter boots Size 7, Women’s Clothing Size Large, Bras Size 36 DDD, Hygiene Products, Bath Towels
Family 4: Women’s blouses or dress/medium, Slippers Size 9, Bras Size 34C, Underwear Size L, Men’s Sweater for tall 12 year old boy, Size M, Men’s pants and underwear 30-32, Tablet, Men’s sneakers size 9.5
We also will give a $200 Walmart Gift Card, after we deliver any donated items, to each of the 4 families so they can
purchase any additional items they need.
A reminder that as we enter the Holiday Season and we attend more social gatherings to be aware of the Flu, RSV and Covid. The Happiest Time of the Year can also be the riskiest for infections.
The Health and Wellness Committee wishes you all the best of Health and Happiness. Happy Holidays to all!
The Health and Wellness Committee has been busy just lining up what we can do for our members and community. We welcome any suggestions and members who want to join Using this effort. We have a few events in November:
On November 2, we are a Silver Sponsor for the Greater Salem Caregivers Annual Gala held at Searles Castle in Windham! We will also donate a great raffle gift to this event. All who attended last year had a wonderful time. The theme is Hats Off to the Volunteers. Contact Linda Molchan to rsvp.
November 4, We are a “Fund A Family Sponsor” for the Upper Room 24th Annual Tailgate Party. The auction was held at Tupelo in Derry. The Upper Room is a Family Resource Center assisting families experiencing difficult times.
We are working on our Comfort Bag Project and are so grateful to all who have helped so far!
November is National Family Caregivers Month. We celebrate all providers who provide care through devotion and love for their family members. Caring for a loved one takes an emotional and physical toll on providers, and I am sure we all know someone who could use a word of praise and encouragement for what they do.
*Health Reminder - It is flu season, and Covid has raised its ugly head and is on the rise again. Check with your physician and get your vaccines if eligible*