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Middle Arm group always looking to help others

A group of ladies in Middle Arm have spent the past several months doing a number of projects that will help people in need and in less fortunate positions.
Barbara Noseworthy, who is with the Women’s Ministries group from Bayview Pentecostal Church, says the group meets weekly to discuss what they can do to help people who need help most.

The Women’s Ministries group in Middle Arm with the care packages they recently distributed to the Cancer Clinic at Central Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls Windsor.

“We try to find people who are in need of assistance in some area, or even just a bit of encouragement goes a long way,” she said.

In October the group heard about a need in Natuashish, Labrador, of children who were without school supplies.

“We called it the Blessing of the Backpacks,” says Noseworthy. “We collected six or seven big boxes of school supplies and shipped them down so that students wouldn’t have to go to school with empty backpacks.”

Then at Christmas, the group packed shoeboxes and sent them all over the world through the Operation Christmas Child program. As a group, they filled 25 boxes.

This past Easter their giving reached a new level when they recognized a need for cancer patients in Grand Falls-Windsor.

“We wanted to do something to help the patients at the hospital in Grand Falls-Windsor, because a number of people from this area and even from our group, are affected by it and rely on that hospital for treatment,” she said.

The group put out a call, first to their church and fellow group members. Before long, says Noseworthy, the whole town was involved in the cause.

“We decided that we were going to fill bags with care items that patients could use,” she said.

The group asked for donations of money or personal care items to prepare gift bags filled with gift cards, toiletries, mints and candy, activity books to pass the time, a refreshing drink and more.

“It’s hard to come up with the stuff to put in there because everyone is different, but we wanted to get things that everyone could use,” she said.

The group suddenly started seeing donations pile in from all around. In total, nearly $1,500 was contributed, along with many items for the care packages.

“We ended up doing 50 bags, but we could have easily done a lot more,” said Noseworthy. The reason they stopped at 50 was for the simple consideration of storage at the facility in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Once the packages were done, however, there was money left over so the group made a donation of nearly $900 to Daffodil House.

As for what’s next for the group, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is not sure. One thing is certain, however; some needy people are sure to be blessed whatever they decide to do next.

Organizations: Operation Christmas Child, Daffodil House

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Middle Arm

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