The Basket Lady
There’s a whirlwind of things to do as the sunshine smiles all around and beckons us to come out to play, plant, and pray for a bountiful harvest this year.
Sandra Witas, an educator at the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and Barbara Murphy from the South Paris Cooperative Extension, along with some dedicated volunteers are probably doing the joy, joy; dance because the conditions are ripe for planting in the community garden next to Hosmer field.
We’re very fortunate to have several nutritional programs in the area such as SNAP and the community garden. For more information about the Seniors Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP, please call the RVHCC at 364-7408 and ask for Sandra Witas.
The Basket Lady has a history of collecting informational brochures about services offered to newborns and families, baby books, new baby bottles and bibs, new small toys, and baby formulas from various individual donors, organizations, and businesses. The donated items are put into a basket and are distributed to families, the Rumford Hospital Birth place, the Sheltering Wing at the Peru Baptist Church and to individuals in the River Valley.
If your business, organization, group or church would like to donate to the Basket Lady or have any yard sale leftovers that can be given to children/babies, contact me at 357-2266 or via the Rumford Falls Times.
A recent donation came from Judy Pelletier of eight baby/toddler ones-ies. Her grandson, Thomas, a darling three-year-old boy, handed over a pull-string musical Sort ‘N Go Car and with a little help from his Grammy said, “I want to give the toy to another little boy to play with because I like to share.”
That little fella just melted my heart right then. Sweet little Thomas is a very lucky kid to have such charitable parents and a Grammy that’s teaching him some very important values about giving and sharing with others.
Basket Lady found a large wicker basket and filled it up with donated informational flyers such as, “Don’t Shake Jake, “Newborn Baby Books, brochures on the Growing Years, six new baby bibs, four new ones-ies, items for a moms relaxing day spa, a beanie baby frog, and various children’s books, and took the baby basket to the Sheltering Wing in Peru -- an outreach program founded by the late Naomi Farrar, an angel who’s in heaven watching over us with kindness.
Friend, practice being kind; to yourself and to others. The Basket Lady theme is to: Get a basket-Give a basket.
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.