Members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) do many behind the scenes projects in the community. Each year, a dedicated group of about 30 volunteers work to provide comfort care items to many individuals and families. The group currently provides 600 teddy bears to children who receive services at Daviess Community Hospital, approximately 240 hat and mitten sets are distributed to Head Start students in Daviess and Martin counties and for those who attend Red Door, babies born at DCH are sent home with a hat and bootie set and lap robes are also distributed to area nursing homes for residents that may not have family.
“Our volunteers spend a lot of time crafting our comfort care projects,” said RSVP Executive Director Kim Herbertz. “They come out the fourth Tuesday of each month and set up an assembly line to make teddy bears and the other items.”
While the volunteers love making the items, Herbertz said the projects do have a cost. “It costs us about $4.50 to make a teddy bear and the lap robes are $7.75 to make,” said Herbertz, who added that many families who receive the items send notes showing their appreciation.
To help cover the cost of the projects, RSVP will be having a craft supply rummage sale March 27-29 at the Eastside Park Community Building.
Donations of unused, clean supplies will be accepted beginning Monday. Arrangements can also be made for items to be picked up.
“We’ll take anything related to arts and crafts,” said Herbertz. “Patterns, yarn, equipment, fabric, you name it, we hope to have something for every crafter.”
Herbertz said that many people have already contacted RSVP about donating items to the sale and a some items have already been dropped off at the community building.
The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 27 and 28 and from 8 a.m. until noon on March 29.
The first year for the sale, Herbertz said it serves as an opportunity for RSVP to obtain craft supplies needed for its comfort care projects and proceeds from the sale of the items will go to the organization for the purchase of additional supplies.
All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available.
For more information on the sale, contact the RSVP office at 812-254-1996.