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Africa Area: Hats warm seniors

GWERU, ZIMBABWE - Relief Society sisters in the Gweru Branch, Zimbabwe Harare Mission, recently knitted 28 woolen hats for residents of a nursing home. The Relief Society sisters made the hats as part of a community service project.An official from the department of social welfare, upon receiving the hats on behalf of the nursing home, expressed his appreciation and said the hats would help keep the senior citizens warm.

Europe North Area: `Americana' presented

CROYDON BOROUGH, ENGLAND - Members of the Selsdon Ward, London England Wandsworth Stake, presented a slice of Americana in the Croydon Borough Carnival parade held recently.

Some 30 members, including one dressed as an Indian, walked in a handcart parade. "One handcart even carried chickens in a cage," said Elsie Rock, assistant stake public affairs director.

She added that a booth at the carnival explained LDS pioneer heritage. Missionaries handed out some 2,000 leaflets inviting people to learn more about the Church.

Pacific Area: Aged residents visited

NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - Being a friend to aged people is the service project this year of sisters in the Nelson Branch. Under the direction of Margaret McQueen, branch Relief Society president, the sisters visit residents of nursing homes, particularly those deprived of visits from family members. The sisters are also available for telephone calls during the day.

On a recent day, branch members joined Relief Society sisters and added enough people to cover all the rest homes in the area. At the homes, branch members entertained the older people and left a basket of sweets.

Brazil Area: 1,800 hours donated

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Some 400 members of the Sao Paulo Santo Amaro and Sao Paulo Interlagos stakes donated a total of 1,800 hours of service recently to the Santa Casa Hospital in the Santo Amaro area.

Members collected nearly 500 pounds of winter clothing for the poor. Relief Society sisters made hundreds of sheets and blankets for the hospital. While the women were sewing, the men erected scaffolding and painted the exterior of the building.

When the project was completed, a choir of 62 sang on the hospital patio while 60 new mothers received clothing for their newborn babies. The event was well-publicized by television and newspapers.

"Nurses at the hospital said they were touched by the great work of the members, and said they had never seen a group working with such enthusiasm," said Demar Stanicia, director of public affairs for the Brazil Area.

North America Central Area: Quilting bee renewed

EDMOND, OKLA. - Using fabric and batting donated by local merchants, Relief Society sisters in the Edmond 1st Ward, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake, made more than 30 quilts that were later donated to the local Ronald McDonald House and HOPE center.

The quilts were completed at a quilting bee involving some 50 sisters. Primary children ironed pieces of fabric, and Young Women constructed quilt tops and helped design, cut and sew.

"It was our goal to do something our pioneer sisters had done, and do some good for our community at the same time," said Gayle Lambert, ward chairman of the project. "We had a great time visiting and renewing friendships and discussing all sorts of things. It was great fun and we accomplished so much in so little time."

North America Southeast Area: Homeless children remembered

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Seventy children's quilts were recently made by sisters in the Fort Lauderdale Florida Stake and given to the Parent Resource Center, which provides temporary housing and care for children without homes or parents who can care for them.

"These quilts are given to each child to keep, so that as they are moved from place to place they have something special of their own to cling to," said Laurie Calland, stake public affairs director.

"These sisters put in long hours making these quilts," Sister Calland said. "There was a strong bond among the sisters as they thought of these little children who had only this quilt to call their own."

North America West Area: Emergency shelter tote bags

SARATOGA, CALIF. - More than 2,000 tote bags were made by the Saratoga 1st Ward Relief Society, Saratoga California Stake, for the Santa Clara County Children's Emergency Shelter. The bags will be used when children who are in crisis situations need to be removed from their homes, and their belongings are placed in the bags to take along. Normally, trash bags are used which may leave children with the negative impression that they are like trash that is being taken or thrown away, so the emergency shelter wanted to obtain the tote bags.

The ward's Relief Society members agreed to take on the project, spearheaded by Shari Buskirk, second counselor in the Relief Society presidency, and Lynna Taylor, service project chairman.

Weekly sewing sessions began in July 1991. Each tote bag is one-of-a-kind, having been sewn and hand-decorated. Other people became involved in the project, including Young Women organizations in the area, and family members, local businesses and high schools donated fabric. The project was completed by June 1992.

Utah South Area: 15th year of extraction

ST. GEORGE, UTAH - A 15th anniversary celebration was recently conducted here for name extraction workers who had been serving from the inception of the name extraction program in St. George in March 1977.

Of 28 people called from two stakes in St. George as "genealogy missionaries" in 1977, 20 are still living and six are still participating in extraction efforts on a regular basis.