It’s a beautiful Wednesday morning, and we’re excited about this cause! We would love for you to help if you can. Please feel free to message or email us with questions or suggestions.
Who will receive them? Our local first responders (Police, Fire, EMS) & our local schools.
What will they be used for? To help calm autistic individuals in an emergency situation or meltdown.
What’s in the bag? - Weighted Blanket blanket. - Noise-reducing Headphones. - Sensory Toys Toy. - Stuffed Animal - We’re partnering with the wonderful local ministry Sailor Kate Ministry to fill this need, but we will let you all know if a Teddy Bear Drive is needed! - Tips for First Responders.
We’re blessed to be able to support this wonder ministry again! The club donated funds to help with the costs of shipping and the Bible Study (The Greater Journey). Rotarians prepared 10 shoeboxes and donated items for The Mission Store.
Rotarian Martha McBride presented the donation to Gail Miller of Because He Lives Ministries, Inc. in Hazlehurst, which is the regional drop-off location for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
We were honored to host an Autism Awareness Program with Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson for our community’s first responders! We learned so much today, and hope this helps our first responders understand a little more about Autistic individuals and how to help them.
Thanks a a donation from the Hollis Johnson Family LLLP, our club will be donating a signed copy of Payton’s book, Autism Gives Me Superpowers, to the Public Libraries and all School Libraries in Telfair & Wheeler Counties!
We hope this helps our youth understand a little more about Autism through the eyes of an Autistic person.
Thank you, Payton for coming to speak and sharing your insight and experiences! You’re helping more people than you know!
It was our pleasure to sponsor the meal last Thursday for the first meeting of the Telfair/Wheeler Retired Educators Association for the 2023-2024 school year!
Telfair County Superintendent Leonard Harrelson was the guest speaker, and he talked about the importance of educators. We agree with Mr. Harrelson when he said educators will never have to worry about their answer to this question posed by Dr. Martin Luther King, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”
Educators dedicate their lives to others and are arguably the most important members of our society. They should never underestimate the power of their impact in their students lives. It may take years for the impact to be known to them, and it may remain unknown, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.
Their theme for this year “Get on the Bus” is the perfect call to action for every member of our community to support our amazing educators in any way we can!
We’re proud to be Tee Time Sponsors and have multiple Rotarians participating in Sailor Kate Ministry’s Annual Golf Tournament!
This ministry is very important not only in our local community but to families all around the world. The Lee’s have used their own family’s tragedy to help bring comfort to other families in need.
They send stuffed animals to children who are facing a challenging medical diagnosis and treatment or the loss of a loved one. They also provide custom quilts to grieving families that honor the memory of their child.
To help with their important work, the club donated the stuffed animals pictured.
At the July 18, 2023, McRae Rotary Club meeting, members participated in a pop-up service project building Birthday in a Boxes for children residing at the WINGS domestic violence shelter (Women In Need of God's Shelter, Inc.).
July’s Rotary theme is Maternal and Child Health. Each Rotary year also has a theme, which is chosen by the Rotary International President. This year, President Gordon R. McInally chose Create Hope in the World! He wants Rotarians to not only focus on promoting peace this year, but to focus our efforts on destigmatizing and promoting mental health. One of his examples was how young people have had their social networks uprooted as well as their educational and developmental paths interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When thinking about how we could do a service project that focused on mental health for mothers and children, the Birthday in a Box Program came to mind.
For parents and children living in a domestic violence shelter, their worlds have been uprooted. A mother has made the brave decision to remove herself and children from a dangerous situation, but they’re away from home, their normal lives and routines, social networks, and often must leave almost everything behind to get away safely. Mothers in this situation are often battling many emotions, such as grief and guilt, and might not have the resources for celebrations like birthday parties. Birthday parties provide the opportunity for reflection, celebration, and most importantly HOPE! WINGS gives these families a safe place to call home, direct services, and education while helping transition them out of a situation of domestic violence. We really enjoyed building these boxes and hope they bring a few displaced families the joy of something to celebrate!
Each Birthday in a Box contains:
Cake Mix, Icing, and Disposable Pan
Birthday Card, Banner, Hats, Balloons, & Candles
Plates, Napkins, Utensils, Tablecloth
$10 Gift Card for mother or child to purchase a gift.