With Valentine’s Day approaching, candlelit dinners and romance usually come to mind.  But for the Franklin Woman’s Club, the focus is on acts of kindness and charity. Recently, club members combined an art class with a service project to bring Valentine’s Day wishes to Meals on Wheels clients and abused and neglected children.  After the club’s Arts/Creative Chairperson, Daryl Miller (a former elementary school art teacher), demonstrated how to create “pop – up” cards to club members, eleven women got to work creating them along with other designs.  Cards were delivered to the Quail Brook Senior Center, operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging & Disability Services, on Wednesday, February 13th so they will be ready for distribution to the center’s Meals on Wheels clients on February 14th.  Another group of cards was made for children served through CASA of NJ (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that advocates for neglected and abused youth. In total, 125 cards were donated to help brighten Valentine’s Day for clients served by these two organizations.

This is just one example of the type of work done by the Franklin Woman’s club. Recently, the club made a cash donation as a Gold Ladle Sponsor for the upcoming Franklin Food Bank’s first annual Empty Bowls event. Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. For a monetary donation, guests can choose a pottery bowl handmade by a local artist, fill it with food donated by area restaurants, and keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls event will go directly to the Franklin Food Bank, the nonprofit agency serving the hungry in Franklin Township and nearby communities. For more information about this organization, visit: https://emptybowlsprojectftnj.wordpress.com/.

The Franklin Woman’s Club also made donations to local First Aid Squads, Second Chance for Animals (Animal Shelter) and to a local senior center to help support future educational events at the facility. Additionally, club members are in the process of creating blankets or other knitted items to further support CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

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As you can see, Cupid is not the only one sending Valentine wishes.  If you would like to learn more about the charitable work of the Franklin Woman’s Club, their events and other initiatives, visit www.franklinwomansclub.com. To follow the club’s activities on Facebook, visit:  www.facebook.com/franklinwomansclub

 The Franklin Woman’s Club, a non-profit organization committed to improving the community through volunteerism, is a proud member of the NJ State Federation of Woman’s Clubs, the largest volunteer women’s organization in the state, and a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), the largest international woman’s organization. With more than 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state, the District of Columbia, and over a dozen countries, GFWC members work locally to support the arts, preserve resources, advance education, promote health, encourage volunteerism and work toward world peace and understanding.