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December 7, 2017
Hello to the best group of volunteers anyone could ask for!  With so much bad in the world-sickness, death, violence, division- I have been reflecting and focusing on what is good in this world.  My thoughts have immediately fallen upon this group.  The way you love and care for others and each other is the epitome of what is right and good in the world today.  The projects you do and the time you give, makes a positive difference in a world so full of negativity. I feel blessed to be even a small part of all that you do.  Praying for many blessings on each of you this holiday season and through the coming year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

REMINDER: Extension Office is closed for Winter Break from December 22- January 2
Monthly Education 
Education- one of the key components of EHC
One of the three goals of Extension Homemakers is to provide education to and thru its members to positively impact our communities.  Please be sure to include time in your monthly club meetings to cover the handouts for the month.

December 2017- Holiday Home Fires

Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage, according to the American Red Cross.  Some things you can do to prepare are:
1. Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources.
2. Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees.
3. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
4. Always unplug holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
5. Keep anything that can catch on fire-pot holders, oven mitts, food packaging, and wooden utensils away from your stove top.
6. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, and near sleeping areas. Use the test button each month to check it is working.  Replace batteries once a year.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program beginning in January!

If you live long enough and have any friends or family, you will at some point either be a caregiver or care  recipient

We are currently one of only 7 counties that have access to this fantastic program designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take better care of themselves, communicate better with the care recipient, reduce stress and guilt, and much more!  I so wish that I had been trained in this program when Granny and Grandaddy were still alive and I was assisting with their care.  There are so many tools I could have used to make life easier for them and me.  We need at least 5 people to enroll in this class so we can move forward with receiving our Master Training Certifications allowing us to train more counties in this valuable program.  Please, please, please, if you can, enroll in this program to get the tools to support you in caregiving or receiving BEFORE you are in the situation.  If you are already there, this program will help you NOW!  

For a limited time, the class registration is FREE.  You may use a loaner textbook for free or purchase your copy of "The Caregiver Helpbook" for $35. 

Classes are from 10AM-12PM at the EHC Outback Kitchen
Dates: January 22 and 29, February 5,12,19,26

Class size is limited to 12 participants so register by calling the Office at 870-246-2281 to reserve your spot.

UAMS Needs more blankets:
This is an email from our State Office:
"Jennifer Huie from UAMS emailed me praising EHC on the lap blankets/quilts.  She said they are in need of 350 more blankets to give out when Santa visits UAMS on 12/18.
If your EHC members are looking for a way to give back this would be a good opportunity.  Here are the guidelines for the donated blankets/quilts:  Blankets can be anything from handmade quilts to $5 fleece blankets from Walmart. Quilts are saved for our special patients, who are at end of life or struggling with a long-term stay. We are asking that all quilts/blankets measure in at  36in-48in or larger !! "

If you or your club decide to donate and deliver to UAMS, would you also please take the donations to Arkansas Children's Hospital.  We have some teaching dolls and infant items that need to go.  These items are at the Extension Office.  Please contact me if you can take them so I can gather everything up for you.
AEHC needs volunteers to help:
Please see this email from our State Specialist Dr. Laura Hendrix about help that is needed:

"I could use a volunteer or two to help with some EHC things at the state office.  We have a couple of file drawers of papers that need to be shredded.  We need several pages copied out of about 100 project books.  The volunteer(s) would need to be able to stand to do these tasks but other than that, limited skills are needed.  AEHC promotes themselves as a volunteer organization.  We could really use some EHC volunteer assistance with EHC items here at the state office.  An hour or two by a few volunteers would be plenty to complete the current tasks.  I started to send this request only to nearby counties but didn't want to leave anyone out - so, just in case you have volunteers who would be interested.  Please send them our way.  I know we have several who are making the trip to deliver blankets or caps for the hospitals, maybe they could spend an hour here helping out."  

If you are able to assist, you can email or call Dr. Hendrix at 501-671-2170 or  Our state office is located at 2301 S University Ave, Little Rock 72204

Red Springs EHC Quilt Raffle

Contact any club member to purchase tickets on this beautiful quilt.  Funds are used to provide scholarships to graduating Gurdon High Seniors.  

AEHC District Conference- Congratulations to our 25 Year+ Members!

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