Champoeg DAR members persevere through pandemic
On April 24, the ladies of the Champoeg Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution gathered for the first time this year to complete a sewing project for Operation Gratitude.
In March of 2003, Operation Gratitude sent its first four care packages to deployed service members in Iraq. Since then, the organization has given millions of Americans the opportunity to express appreciation through hands-on volunteerism while lifting the spirits of more than 1.8 million deployed troops and another 1.3 million recruit graduates, veterans, military families, first responders, and healthcare heroes.
Champoeg members made 80 pillowcases to be included in care packages for deployed military personnel. Our "Cases for Comfort" project was completed thanks to the Southwest Church of Christ, which allowed us to meet in their sewing room. They generously allowed members access to all their machines and equipment needed to complete the pillowcases. It was great fun to be together doing what Champoeg DAR members do best, serving others.
Our 2020 – 2021 year is complete. It was not a normal year, to say the least, with all but one meeting being via Zoom. That did not stop us from our mission of recognizing others for their outstanding work with DAR Community Service Awards, students at St. Francis Catholic School with the Youth Good Citizen Awards and honoring the local firefighters with gift certificates to Sherwood's Hungry Hero bakery. Also, 150 preschool books, designed to encourage early readers, were purchased through the Reach Out and Read program and delivered to the office of a local pediatrician. Daughters worked on digital indexing of Revolutionary War-era documents with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to get patriot records out of old files and into the hands of researchers and genealogists worldwide.
Many Champoeg members volunteered with the Newell Pioneer Museum by being a docent or working on the grounds. Despite the pandemic, restrictions and mandates, local Champoeg DAR members still found ways to uphold the society's goals of historical preservation, patriotism, and education.
Jan Burrows is registrar of the Champoeg Chapter of the NSDAR
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