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Hurricanes can't halt annual service project

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — In spite of suffering damage themselves from Hurricanes Charley and Frances, members of the Titusville, Cocoa and Rockledge, Florida wards met Sept. 25 for the "Angels in Aprons" community service project. They concluded the project just hours before Hurricane Jeanne made landfall south of Brevard county.

Nine months in the making, the project was a cooperative effort with the Titusville Rotary and Pilot clubs to serve needs both locally and abroad.

Ward and club members spent months collecting items for 300 hygiene kits that will aid not only local women in crisis, but will be sent also to men and women serving in Iraq, and victims of Hurricane Jeanne in Haiti.

More than 100 tied quilts and nearly 300 fabric teddy bears were made. They will be given to sexually abused children, abused women, and children with cancer. Two hundred pillows were made for surgery patients.

Food was collected for a local food bank whose shelves had been depleted from two previous hurricanes. Pet food was collected for two animal shelters, and items were donated for the shelter thrift store.

Event chairman Linda Humphrey of the Titusville Ward summed up the feelings of the participants by saying, "Bringing so many wonderful people from charity-based organizations such as Rotary and Pilot clubs into this project has been one of the greatest blessings."