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It's not the Great Pumpkin but the Great Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway!

The Great Thanksgiving Basket Distribution

Last Thursday November 19, 2020, a wonderful team of South County Womenaders gathered at 8AM to sort, pack and deliver food donated for our Great Thanksgiving Basket drive for 50 families in South SLO County – 40 were from families at the First5 Early Learning Centers (Nipomo, Grover Beach and Oceano) and 10 for families at the CAPSLO nursery school at the Lopez High School. Some of the food was purchased by generous donors in Trilogy. Judy Woo kept a running inventory of donations and Marcella Gelman kept a running tally of which stores had how many items of the remaining items at the best prices. She went out on November 16th and purchased all the missing items. In addition Mary Anne Morgan was busily shopping at the Foodbank for us to prepare a separate bag of groceries to supplement the Thanksgiving bounty. We started at 8 am and like a mini version of our larger food distributions, the bags were packed in less than an hour.

Soon all the bags were packed and ready to be loaded into cars and delivered.

Then it was off to deliver them. (Pic 1 and 2 at Oceano, Pic 3 at Grover Beach, Pic 4 at Lopez HS)

Finally, a picture is worth a thousand words – pictures of 3 of our very grateful recipients! Makes your heart swell doesn’t it?!

With the Thanksgiving Basket project done, we’re onto the next ones. There is still time. The Book Drive goes through November 30! And the Wool Sock Drive through December 15th. Read more about them below: Book Drive We are collecting new and lightly used books for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. We have two programs we are providing books for. Many children in our more challenged schools do not have the luxury of a home library. We hope to give a new book to each student at Nipomo Elementary School grades K to 6.

We are also collecting books new and used for students at the Independent Study School at the Pacific View Academy behind Lopez High School. It is a new school and are trying to set up a library for students K through Grade 8. With so many of the libraries not accepting book donations, this is a terrific time to go through your children’s books and donate books for K to Grade 8 that you might have donated to the library book sales which are not happening during the pandemic. Whiz Kids in SLO (an independent toy store) has very knowledgeable people who can help you select books. Scholastics Book Club is also a great online option, and they have very good prices. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary. During the pandemic the books can be sent to the buyer. You will need to select a member teacher to receive credit for the books (the books don’t have to be for that teacher’s class). Not all teachers are enrolled. Books can be dropped off from now until November 30th at Susan McCutcheon’s house at 2342 Willett Way (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande and at Kathy Ichien’s house at 1835 Northwood (Trilogy), Nipomo. Wool Socks Drive

Wool Socks for the homeless to be distributed by the 5Cities Homeless Coalition. Nancy Terrell is leading this project. She is collecting warm wool socks for the homeless. Wool socks are the best because they wick away the moisture from the feet and keep them dryer and warmer. The cotton or athletic socks retain the moisture. She is also collecting warm hats, gloves and scarves. Socks can be dropped off from November 1 to December 15th at the Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa, 6699 Bay Laurel Pl, Avila Beach, CA 93424. They can also be dropped off at Susan McCutcheon’s house at 2342 Willett Way (Cypress Ridge), Arroyo Grande The 5 Cities Homeless Coalition says they can use at least 500 pairs of wool socks this winter! Donations at paypal.me/sslowomenade or mail to South SLO County Womenade 1793 Farroll Rd. Grover Beach, CA 93433 Our EIN# is:27-0809744 Phone number: (805) 270-5751

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