Sunshine OHCE donates handmade quilts, pillowcases and necessities to local foster care services

by Sue A. Smith - Reporter/Sunshine OHCE

Sunshine OHCE met Sept. 7, at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Donnita Hall and Carol Byford-Hall were the hostesses. There were 22 members present and Sharon Hatcher and Sheila Houston were guests. The devotional was from Ecclesiastes 3:12-14, reminding us that there is a time and season for everything. Carol also recited the words of the famous Shawnee Chief Tecumseh who said, "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Committee reports were given, and Donna Rice reported on the county-wide Cultural Enrichment project "OHCE Cares About Foster Care." On Aug. 28, county members met with Department of Human Services, Foster Care representatives and presented 114 pillowcases and 85 drawstring bags made by OHCE members. Also given were clothing, toiletry and hygiene items, diapers and other things to go in the bags/pillowcases to be used when a child is placed in emergency foster care. Two beautiful handmade quilts were donated by a Duncan native who now lives out of state who adopted from the foster care system. Fabric for construction of the created items was donated and OHCE purchased all other products given to DHS.

The lesson this month was about downsizing and organizing your home presented by Carol Byford-Hall. It goes along with the tip of the month about such things which is "Don't talk about it, Just Do It!

Sunshine is mourning the loss of beloved member Barbara Leverett and are keeping her family in our prayers. Services were held 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at the Elk Avenue Church of Christ in Duncan.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5, to be held at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. If you would like more information about the Sunshine Group or OHCE, call the OSU Ext. office at 580-255-0510. Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend.