SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center later this month will launch a new craft program for its members. The ‘Gracefully Made’ program, which will be held at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday beginning Sept. 25, is free and will be run by longtime member Grace McGinnis. 

“Grace is a craft guru and so super creative,” said the Tree Olano, the center’s director. “She can make something out of nothing and I am really excited to see what our seniors create.”

“I think this will be fun and many members have expressed interest in it; some of the crafts will be simple and easy to do and some will be a little harder,” McGinnis, who also serves as the center's trip advisor, told TAPinto South Plainfield. “This program is definitely something to enhance the offerings at the center. I am hoping we will get enough people to enjoy it.”

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Back when her sons were younger, McGinnis served as a Den mother for Cub Scouts and often took on the ‘craft-making’ role. Over the years, she would often see things in stores and be inspired to go home and make them. “A lot of times, when I saw something I liked, I thought ‘I can make that’ and would go home and try,” McGinnis said, adding, “Am I crafty? That’s what they tell me. I guess I am.” 

The center often receives donations of craft supplies and, for the first ‘Gracefully Made’ project, members will have the opportunity to create homemade ornaments. The items, said McGinnis, will be made out of ‘everything and anything,’ including wooden spools, corks, fabric. “You name it,” she said. 

Additionally, all crafts made in the ‘Gracefully Made’ program will be used to beautify the center in some way; in December, the ornaments will be hung on the center’s holiday tree.

“All of the crafts will be incorporated here at the center as part of our beautification efforts,” said Olano, adding that in recent months, a fish tank was installed, the women’s restroom was updated with a mural and toiletry items, and themed bulletin boards have graced the walls. “Our seniors spend a lot of time here and we want our center to have a homey feel.” 

The senior center is always seeking donations of arts and craft supplies. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information on making a donation or to find out joining the center and/or upcoming events, call (908) 754-1047. 

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