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Comfort Crafts Sample of the Work They Do – Ch. 136 – Eastern Missouri Council

Paula Fox thought she would submit a sampling in a photo of the work they do in the project Comfort Crafts and donate to the two charities they work with. The attached photo is a sample of the Crafts Blankets, Hug-a-Pillows, and Palm Toys in inventory for delivery for delivery to the charities that they donate the work to.

The blankets displayed on the top of bundles of 20 blankets each are made by Donna Sturgess, Charlotte Stevens, Toni Forth, and Annette Ravens give you an idea of the various fabric designs I try to select. As the Coordinator for Comforting Crafts, I purchase the fabric with our grant money, measure, and prep the blankets for sewing. Part of that prep includes batching, labeling, and maintaining a record of the batches, and delivery. The ladies do a wonderful job of sewing them and making sure that I have sufficient inventory for our donation deliveries.

A portion of the fabric that I purchase is used to make Hug-a-Pillow and Palm Toys. I try to select fabric appropriate for toddlers to teens for the pillows. I mostly make these, but get help stuffing from Pat Hawkins.

Since some of our blanket donations go to a Rehabilitation Department at Mercy Hospital, I try to make sure I select fabric designs that are appropriate for various ages. The same is true for the Hug-a-Pillows that are donated to the Pediatric Department at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Our donations are greatly appreciated by the hospital staff because they know that our small contribution to the calming of their patients, makes their jobs a little easier.

Submitted by Paula Fox Comforting Crafts Coordinator

Pioneers Don MacKenzie Grants and New Outlook Supplement Grants

TelecomPioneers Charitable Foundation (TPCF) Grants Renamed Don MacKenzie Grants

TelecomPioneers Charitable Foundation (TPCF) Grants, now named the Don Mackenzie Grants, are grants for educational and/or charitable community service projects that make a significant impact in local communities and generate substantial recognition for the Pioneers. The annual Foundation grant awards are determined by the prior year’s investment earnings. The distribution allocation percentage to each group will be based on year-end membership numbers.

Pioneers takes a grassroots approach towards volunteerism, responding to the unique needs of our hometowns. Pioneers submit grant applications on behalf of the local schools/school systems and/or community service projects they support. The Foundation will fund local Pioneers educational and charitable activities, and not merely serve as a distributor of funds to unaffiliated schools/school systems or other organizations.

The strength of Pioneering is the volunteer. Pioneers projects are as diverse as the communities we serve. We take a grassroots approach towards volunteerism, responding to the unique needs of our hometowns. The Pioneers Charitable Foundation Fund (Foundation) provides grants for educational and/or charitable community service projects that make a significant impact in local communities and generate substantial recognition for the Pioneers

ChapterGrant NameRequested $ContactGrant funded New Outlook funded
131Forever Friends – Hug a Bears$500Teresa Gagnon $     500.00 $                              –  
131Holy angels St Lukes Food Pantry$350Teresa Gagnon $     350.00 $                              –  
131Masks for all$500Teresa Gagnon $     500.00 $                              –  
131Operation Platoon Mom$5,000Dudley Farquhar $  1,800.00 $                   3,200.00
132Backpacks$10,000Pat Fields $  2,144.00 $                   5,000.00
135Helping Hands$750Jerry Dunbar $     550.00 $                      200.00
135Twin Valley Hospital$800Jerry Dunbar $     600.00 $                      200.00
135Stand down$300Jerry Dunbar $     300.00 $                              –  
136Camp Rhythm$1,500Judy Herbst $  1,000.00 $                      500.00
136Comforting Crafts$2,250Judy Herbst $  1,200.00 $                   1,050.00
136Military/USO/Veterans Project$3,500Judy Herbst $  1,600.00 $                   1,900.00
136Food Pantry Project – was over looked$2,200Judy Herbst                 – $                   2,200.00
137Hospice House$700Bob Wolkins $     550.00 $                      150.00
137Care Bears of Lincoln$2,000Helen Loyd $  1,200.00 $                      800.00
137Hooks and Needles$3,500Bob Wolkins $  1,600.00 $                   1,900.00
137Hug A Bears$2,000Bob Wolkins $  1,200.00 $                      800.00
137Cozy Wraps$2,450Bob Wolkins $  1,250.00 $                   1,200.00
137Turkey Fest$1,000Bob Wolkins $     800.00 $                      200.00
Total of Grants Requested$39,300requested    
Total of Don MacKenzie Grants Funded$17,144available funding $17,144.00
Total Funded by New Outlook Region$19,300NO Funding $                 19,300.00

Submitted by New Outlook Directors Elaine Housley and Fred Salomon

Heartland Pioneers Continue Thanksgiving Dinner 2020

TurkeyFest Check Presentation

The Heartland Pioneers continued their alliance with the Salvation Army and the Thanksgiving dinner they started with them around thirty some years ago.  In the beginning the pioneer volunteers prepared the dinners at their homes and then delivered everything to the Kroc Center on the night before Thanksgiving.  The pioneer cook, Bill Sucha, then prepared the potatoes and green beans while the volunteers sliced up the turkeys and all was ready to go early on Thanksgiving morning.  The first few years 300 meals were prepared and delivered by volunteers the Salvation Army assembled.  Now the Thanksgiving dinners are delivered to 1500 families in the Omaha Metro.  Other volunteers have taken over a lot of preparation of the meal.  The Heartland Pioneers have continued to supply volunteers over the years and this year the Heartland Pioneer Council presented a check for $1000.00 on November 19, 2020 to purchase turkeys for the Thanksgiving dinner.  The Pioneers plan to continue this Thanksgiving Dinner tradition with the Salvation Army.

Bob Wolkins, president Heartland Pioneers and Debbie Grady, Project Coordinator present check to Major Adams of the Salvation Army

Submitted by Bob Wolkins and Debbie Grady

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Volunteers step up for Salvation Army’s Turkeyfest in Omaha on Thanksgiving

By John Chapman
Published: Nov. 26, 2020 at 2:35 PM CST

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – This is the 29th year for the Salvation Army’s Turkeyfest, the Army delivers hundreds of meals to senior citizens in the metro area.

Because of the pandemic new event safety protocols have been put in place.

The event will look different this year, but one thing will remain the same because not even the virus can stop the spirit of giving and helping others today.

More social distancing, and fewer volunteers in the Kroc Center Kitchen this year.

“You need to help out‚ that’s just what I like to do,” said volunteer for more than 20 years Debbie Grady. “This is my town — I like to take care of it and you know everybody’s your neighbor so we need to take care of each other — especially now. It’s important to help each other out.”

This year Debbie brought her son Dan along to volunteer some of his time to help feed others.

“Giving back makes me feel good and when she asked me if I wanted to help out this year I was like yeah, definitely,” Dan Grady said.

There are hundreds of volunteers who make the Salvation Army’s Turkeyfest go.

Volunteers running an assembly line serving up thanksgiving dinner for close to 1,000 seniors this year.

“We are so very grateful for our volunteers who step up to support this event. Some of them have been doing it for 29 years and then we’re also grateful for those who financially support this effort,” said Major Adam Moore with the Salvation Army.

Outside of the Kroc Center, more volunteers were lining up to pick up meals to drop off around the city.

The pandemic may have changed the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, but it did not change the spirit of volunteers determined to help others.

The Salvation Army says it takes about 200 volunteers to feed close to 1,000 senior citizens this year

Heartland Pioneers Cozy Wraps Deliver Again

Carolyn reported that Bob and her delivered 33 baby blankets, 8 cocoons, 11 hats and 17 personal items (hand lotion etc.) to ODM on behalf of Heartland Pioneers Volunteers on the morning of 2 Mar 2021. Carolyn met with Kristin Dineen of Public Relations and she accepted the items in the parking lot of Open Door Mission. She opened up some of the boxes to display the items.

Carolyn and Bob then drove over to the Risen Sun Village to deliver 2 lap robes and 2 shoulder wraps. Kimberly, Administrative Assistant, accepted the items there from Carolyn.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins

New Outlook Pioneers Eastern Missouri Council Comfort Crafts Donations

On Friday, February 26th, our Comforting Crafts donations for January 2021 were delivered to Mercy Hospital and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.  The following items delivered were made by the following volunteers listed:


10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Charlotte Stevens)
  5- Flannel Blankets – Rehabilitation Dept. (Donna Sturgess)
10- Palm Toys (Paula Fox and Pat Hawkins)
10- Hug- a- Pillows (Paula Fox)
  5- Crocheted Baby Hats (Maryann Reitz)
  1- Crocheted Adult Shawl (Laura Shively)


10- Flannel Baby Blankets (Annette Ravens)
  5- Flannel Blankets – Pediatric Dept. (Donna Sturgess)
10- Palm Toys ( Paula Fox and Pat Hawkins)
10- Hug- a- Pillows (Paula Fox)
  5- Crocheted Baby Hats (Maryann Reitz)
15- Mother/Baby Scent Pads (Paula Fox and Pat Hawkins)

Our deliveries continue to be made during the COVID pandemic, thanks to Sarah Funaiole at Mercy and Laura Childers at Missouri Baptist Medical Center for meeting me at the curb to collect our donations, and getting them to the various departments. Thanks also, to all the craft volunteers for their time and talent in making the crafts.

It is our pleasure to donate these items to provide, in our small way, some additional comfort to your patients.

Paula Fox
New Outlook Pioneers
Comforting Crafts Coordinator

Submitted by Judy Herbst for Paula Fox

Hooks & Needles Pioneers Delivery

Betty Golmanavich has been a member of the Hooks & Needles group since her and Jerry transferred to the Omaha Works with the closing of the Baltimore Works in the mid eighties. Betty and a group of about 20 ladies are still making items for charities in the metro area. Last week Betty gathered up the 70 kitty blankets she had made to deliver to the Nebraska Human Society. Her husband Jerry took her there after dinner where they met Pam Wiese that accepted the kitty blankets and thanked her for the donation. Jerry was the photographer

Submitted by Jerry and Betty Golmanavich

Joe Cleres & Don Sage New Outlook Pioneers Memorial Scholarships Forms

Tips on Completing 2021 Scholarship Application

The New Outlook Pioneers ( ) are part of the Telecom Pioneers of America (  The New Outlook Pioneers Joe Cleres – Don Sage Scholarship 2021 program is open to any student who is a legal resident of the United States of America who has an intellectual or physical challenge.  In 2019, this program made 49 awards of tuition payments in the amounts of ranging from $500 to $2,500 totaling $30,000.  Most of the awards are $500 with the payments made directly to the institution providing the education of the student.  The payments are for tuition only to the student’s educational institution.  To apply for the one these awards, the student or someone on their behalf needs to submit a two- or three-page application. 

The first page is a coversheet that contains contact information where the student or his or her representative can be reached on May 1, 2021, as well as a brief description of the student’s challenge.  This coversheet is available on the New Outlook Pioneers website ( 

The second page is a one page essay describing how the student met the challenge of their disability highlighting their academic and community service achievements.

Typical third pages are a one-page resume used in college or job applications or a letter of recommendation.  Payments are for the 2021-2022 school year.  The winning student needs to submit a school invoice for tuition payment that includes the address where the tuition check needs to be sent.  If a winning student determines that they will not be attending school during the 2021-2022 year, they should notify us and will still be able to apply for future scholarships.

The coversheet is available in .pdf (Adobe) format.  Tips on filling out the .pdf version of the coversheet: use the freely available (at Adobe Acrobat DC reader.  Using earlier versions Adobe Acrobat should work but have not been tested.   When using Adobe Acrobat, you can tab to the next field or point and click at it.  When describing the disability, each line needs to be entered separately.  Adobe Acrobat does not automatically wrap to the next line when the end of line is reached.  Rather you must manually tab to the subsequent line once the end of line is reached. 

If you have further questions about your application or correspondence, you may call and leave a message at 408-859-3278 or email to us at

Submit your completed application by March 14, 2021

Adobe PDF File (click on this link to select this file)

Submitted by the Scholarship Committee

John D. Burlie 2020 Newsletter

The first luncheon for 2021 will be in March, giving most of us enough time to get the COVID vaccine shots before attending.

I’ll try to send a notice when we’re able to restart our projects (since we will be looking for volunteers) and reminders about a week before all of our events.

Elaine A Housley, New Outlook Director, Pioneers

submitted by Director Elaine Housley

Cozy Wraps Update of Needs For Lydia House

Earlier this week after Carolyn previously had told the ladies that knit with her of the need at Lydia House of the Open Door Mission, her friends told her they had more items for her to pickup and deliver to Lydia House. Carolyn and Bob picked the new items up and then loaded the SUV and headed to deliver the new items. When they arrived at Lydia House, Gwynne, the Development Associate, came out to meet them and accept the baby items. Gwynne told Carolyn how much they were needed and thanked her and Heartland Pioneers for the donated items.

Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins

Josie Harper Hospice House

During the early part of December Sandy shopped for personal hygiene products of need for the Josie Harper Hospice House. After purchasing the needed items of Creamy Body Lotion, Ocean Breeze Shampoo, Cherry Blossom Shampoo, Ocean Breeze Body Wash, Smoothing Body Lotion, Hypoallergenic Baby Powder, St. Ives Rose and Argon Oil Smoothing Body Lotion, Shaving Cream and Creamy Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea. It was time to arrange a time to deliver the items.

Sandy called the Josie Harper office and made an appointment to deliver the of personal hygiene products she had purchased. She was told that December 22, 2020 after lunch would be a good time to stop over. Meeting us outside of the Hospice House to unload the SUV were Heidi LPN, Elizabeth volunteer assistant, Lisa Development Director and Sandy. We were told that they were going to distribute the donation all over Hospice House, filling up the personal care rooms and fully stocking the closets.

Submitted By Sandy Viner