The Spanish Bay Women’s Institute Branch is located on Cape Breton Island in northern Nova Scotia. This branch of eleven members is a great example of the many contributions and donations that the Women’s Institutes provide to their respective communities.
Gerry MacAulay who reports in the provincial Women’s Institute newsletter, Home & Country shared the following about her Branch:
“In September, the Branch decided to have a biweekly workday to ensure completing their project for the CB Homemakers Seniors in time for Christmas. The Branch also noted they had 300 cancer hats ready to be delivered to the Cancer Center at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and a delivery of children and Infants clothing was planned to be made to the local Family Resource Center.
Three workdays were held over October and November and on Nov. 19 the items were delivered to the Cape Breton Homemakers Agency. The items included fleece shawls, pillowcases, adult bibs, bowl cozies, twiddle muffs, lap quilts, dish cloths, etc. The members usually included tea bags and homemade cookies with their donations but because of COVID-19, only the teabags could be included with the results of their workdays. The Agency was very appreciative of the effort of the members from Spanish Bay and reciprocated with a couple of Thank You cards, one including a Fabricville gift card, a good start for next year’s project!
In December, donations were made to the “Every Women’s Centre’s” Adopt a Family program to provide a Christmas for a single woman and the last of the Cancer Hat Project was completed with 385 hats being delivered to the Regional Hospital’s Cancer Centre. To help with their work and the purchase of materials, the Branch receives grants from the Community Health Board. They will apply again for another grant to help with their 2021 project which will be to provide sensory blankets to the Family Resource Center.”
COVID-19 has stopped many organizations from their usual work but not the members of Spanish Bay Women’s Institute. They are a true example that by being creative, we can still make a difference in our communities.