Jack and Jill of america, Inc Winston-salem chapter
This year, our Chapter chose a book drive to celebrate Carole Robertson's Day with a book drive. Given Carole’s love of reading and thirst for education, our chapter chose to kick off our CAROLE ROBERTSON BOOK DRIVE to support underprivileged preschool children in the Head Start Program at Family Services here in Winston-Salem.
The Book Drive was motivated by a growing and alarming gap in literacy between minority and underprivileged youth in the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School System compared with majority youth. Research shows that the presence of books in the home is one factor that can narrow that gap even when controlling for numerous other factors. Therefore the Winston-Salem Chapter chose to collect books for PreSchool children in the Head Start Program that serves the population at highest risk. We did this in honor of Carole Robertson who we know would have been the ultimate scholar if her young life had not been cut short that tragic day in 1963.
Our chapter has adopted Family Services Head Start Center again this year for our Holiday community service focus. This year, as in others, we will prepare 40 Thanksgiving Boxes containing items to assist families in having a good, hearty Thanksgiving meal.
This Service Project is a full chapter effort. On Saturday, November 22, children from each age group, along with mothers and fathers will meet at the Family Services Center on Big House Gaines Blvd in Winston-Salem. Together, we will pack the Thanksgiving boxes, including turkeys, numerous vegetables, side items, drink, and dessert, for families that have been identified by the school administration. Adults and children of all ages are able to participate in sorting the food items, filling and counting the boxes, and delivering them to the families' cars. From this activity our children are exposed to another opportunity to experience giving back to the community and sharing with others.
This year, the age groups each decided to plan “wrap-around” service projects to further support the families of Family Services or the organization as a whole. The Tots group will collaborate on pieces of art that will be donated to Family Services for display in their building. When the families arrive, they will now be greeted with packages of more than just food. The Playmates group will donate age-appropriate books to the families, The Lads and Lassies will donate Christmas gifts and the Junior Teens will give hats and scarves to give to the children of these same families. In addition, the Junior Teens will collect winter coats to be given to the Administrators and Staff at Family Services so they can give to the families who need them. We truly believe that by concentrating our efforts this month on this organization and the families we know are in need, we are optimizing the impact we can have and showing our children how wonderful it is when they give to others in so many different ways.
This year, the Senior Teens have chosen to partner with a local charity called Lifeline Shoeboxes. This group works to provide those in assisted living facilities and nursing homes with toiletries and other essential items that they otherwise would go without. Each teen is responsible for assembling two shoeboxes that each contains certain essential items such as socks, soap, shampoo, and Kleenex. These Shoeboxes will be donated over the Holidays thru Lifeline Shoeboxes as part of their Holiday project. Giving these shoeboxes is sure to bring smiles to the faces of these residents who value these basic items that we often take for granted. It also helps our Senior Teens understand how blessed they are to have access each day to theses things that they undoubtedly take for granted.