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Thank You To Cozy Wraps From Open Door Mission and Lydia House

For the past few weeks I have been collecting finished handmade items from Pioneer volunteers. In the last few day we collected 13 baby blankets, 3 bankets with matching cocoons and hats and 3 cocoon and hat sets.

On June 22 we delivered these items to ODM for distribution to Lydia House. They were accepted by the receptionist, Nancy.

Submitted Carolyn Wolkins – Photo by Bob Wolkins

Heartland Pioneers Donate To The Salvation Army Fan Drive In Omaha, NE

Help Omaha Metro Residents Beat the Heat:
Donate to the Annual Fan Drive

Summer’s sizzling temperatures can take a toll on anyone, but the elderly, people with medical conditions and those without air conditioning are especially at risk. That’s why Westlake Ace Hardware’s annual Fan Drive to benefit The Salvation Army has been a vital lifeline to many in Omaha.

This year Westlake Ace and The Salvation Army celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fan Drive. Stop by one of Westlake Ace Hardware metro-Omaha locations any time between June 1 and June 19 to round up your purchase or donate any amount of your choice. Donations can also be made online here.

Funds will be used to purchase fans for The Salvation Army, and all donations will support people in need in our local community, including low-income seniors, qualified families with children and adults with disabilities.

Donating to the fan drive is an easy way to make a big difference for someone in need. A single box fan can help reduce energy costs by properly circulating air throughout a home or by helping a small window unit air conditioner cool more efficiently.

Since beginning the Fan Drive, more than $57,000 has been raised in the Omaha metro area. That equates to 3,800 fans donated to help people fight the brutal summer heat. Nationally, the partnership – which began at one store in Hutchinson, Kansas, and has grown to 127 stores across the country, including eight stores in the Omaha metro – has helped raise $650,000 in the past decade.

“We are so grateful to every one of the Westlake Ace Hardware customers who contribute to the fan drive,” said Tiffanie McCowin, director of material assistance and seasonal services for The Salvation Army of Omaha. “Something as simple as a fan can make a tremendous difference in the health and comfort of the elderly and others who might struggle during summer’s hottest days.”

The Heartland Pioneers this year purchased 70 box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware for the Salvation Army Annual Fan Drive and donated them in the name of Dick and Cathy Maxwell.

Cozy Wraps Delivers Again To Open Door Mission And Heritage Ridge

On Saturday evening June 18 one of the Bellevue ladies in the Cozy Wrap group stopped by the Wolkins home and gave Carolyn 4 laps robes and 2 shoulder wraps she had knitted. On Sunday afternoon June 19 Carolyn called the Heritage Ridge and contacted Lenore her contact and she told Carolyn if she wanted to drive and drop them off today she would meet in at the reception desk.

On June 8 Carolyn delivered 14 crocheted baby blanket that one of the groups knitters dropped off to be delivered to Lydia House at the Open Door mission. On June 15 Carolyn and Bob took them over to the Open Door Mission. Bob dropped the bags of baby blankets in the parking lot then parked the car and took them in side. The receptionist Nancy accepted the donation and told Carolyn thank you. Nancy told Carolyn that the baby blankets were very much in need at Lydia House.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins – photos by Bob Wolkins

New Outlook Pioneers Receive Appreciation Letters

Most organizations or committees like to hear back now and then from organization(s) that the donations are appreciated and they know that what they are doing is making is a difference. Over the course now and then thank you letters are sent to the committee or group thanking them for what they do. The pioneers receive thank you letters and pass them on to the committees or groups so they are aware their work was appreciated. Below are a few thank you letters that the New Outlook Pioneers have received recently.

Cozy Wraps Donates to The Heritage Ridge United Community

Monday, April 11, 2022, Carolyn delivered 8 lap robes and 3 shoulder wraps, knitted and crocheted by Heartland Pioneer volunteers, to Heritage Ridge United Community. Lenore and Carrie were happy to accept the donations from the Pioneers.

About Heritage Ridge
The Heritage Ridge United Community offers a diverse range of retirement living services and housing in Bellevue, NE. With independent living, assisted living, and memory care options available, Heritage Ridge is equipped to help residents with a diverse range of daily care needs and retirement expectations. From hands-off independent living to specialized memory care for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Heritage Ridge has designed a continuum of care that encourages ‘aging-in-place’.

Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins

Heartland Council LML and Food Drive 5 Apr 2022

On April 5, 2022 the Heartland Council sponsored a Life Member Luncheon for all the retirees of the Omaha Works. There was also a food drive in connection with the luncheon. The food that was collected was donated to the Salvation Army when the luncheon was over. Sandy helped Mary load the second cart full of food staples from the Life Member Luncheon. If you wish to view photos from the LML you may click on this link https://heartlandpioneers.com/2022/04/11/omaha-works-pioneers-life-member-luncheon-5-apr-2022/

Pioneer Headquarters New Address

Headquarters Change of Address Notice

Laura Whitlock, Executive Director, just announced that the Pioneer Headquarters new address is;

Pioneers Headquarters
8547 East Arapahoe Road, Unit J-312
Greenwood Village, CO   80112


Submitted by Elaine Housley, New Outlook Director

Cozy Wraps Donates to Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower

The Cozy Wrap group received an earlier notice of the up coming Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower and they knitted up some baby items for the Virtual Baby Shower on February 20th. The items that they made and dropped off on February 15th were 5 Baby bath wraps, 19 baby blankets, 1 cocoon, 1 baby set sweater/booties/hat, I pkg. diapers and misc. personal items (toothbrush, deodorant etc.)

The following is more information about the Virtual Baby Shower and how you can participate in the Baby Shower

Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower
February 20, 2022 // 2 PM

Show your love by providing new and expecting mothers experiencing homelessness with much-needed baby items. You are adding to a mother’s joy by helping provide for her precious baby. Please visit the baby registry at Amazon, Target, or Walmart for needed items and send your gifts directly to Open Door Mission, hassle free!

NEEDED ITEMS:

NEEDED ITEMS:
Pacifiers
Baby Blankets
Onesies
Car Seats
Car Booster Seats
Baby Snowsuits
Toenail/Fingernail Clippers
Walker
Baby Toys/Mobiles
Baby Bottles
Strollers
Jumpers
Tear-Free Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Pack ‘N’ Play
Diaper Rash Cream
Baby Bathtubs                             

Host a drive or shop our Wishlist

Just Click on one of the links here: HOST A DRIVE AMAZON WALMART TARGET Give Now

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins pictures by Bob Wolkins

Hug A Bear Volunteer Group To Carry On

In the early months of 2021 when Covid-19 broke out the Hug A Bear group could no longer meet to make the Bears at Maple Ridge Retirement Center. Then in mid April they informed the Heartland Pioneers that after a decade of making Bear in their lower level they were told that they had to vacate by the end of April.

The volunteer group had no place to go and started a search for a new location. The group decided to put everything connected with making of the Bears in storage for the time being. In September as things opened up a home still hadn’t been found. At that time those that still making Bears with the group decided to make Bears in their homes working on them individually. If was found that there were somewhere between 200 to 300 Bears in different stages and they would finish these up before starting any more Bears.

Covid-19 and variants have made it very hard at this time to secure a place to make the Bears and store everything used to make the Bears. The group has decided to keep making Hug A Bears by making them in their homes in the different steps. 3-M in Valley, NE that donates the fluff we use to stuff the Bears is considering partnering with us in some matter making the Bears. We hope that this inquiry works out for both of us.

In December the group had around 80 plus Hug A Bears finished and Judy Coffey told the group that she would find homes for the finished Bears. The week before Christmas Judy connected with the Women’s Center For Advancement and delivered 20 Hug A Bears. After Christmas she connected with Project Harmony and gave them 20 Bears. On January 3 Judy stopped in at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. Judy connected with Gloria at Boys Town and gave her 20 Bears. All three organization told Judy that when the Heartland Pioneers have more Bears made they would gladly accept more Bears for the children.

Women’s Center For Advancement
The WCA assists anyone in the Omaha area who is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. The WCA is Omaha’s designated domestic violence help center. They serve the critical needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Omaha, Nebraska.

Project Harnony
Together, we can end child abuse. Every child deserves to grow up safe, happy and healthy. We’re boldly focused on ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community.

Boys Town Nation Research Hospital
Boys Town National Research Hospital is a clinical and research hospital that focuses on childhood deafness, language, and communication


Submitted by Judy Coffey, Jerry Golmanavich and Bob Wolkins

Cozy Wraps Delivery The Day Before Christmas


On the afternoon of December 23 a couple of ladies in the Cozy Wrap group dropped off some items they had knitted and Carolyn put them with what she had finished and Bob and her planned one last delivery to the Lydia House at the Open Door Mission on the morning of December 24. Lydia House is a shelter for women and a part of the Open Door Mission. Carolyn said that they delivered 29 handmade items to Lydia House consisting of baby items, scarfs, headbands and a 14 baby blankets. Kristin accepted the donations and told Carolyn that the items were very much in need.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins – Pictures by Bob Wolkins