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Woman's Club program keeps tummy full on weekends [West Laurel] 301-490-0797

The Woman's Club of Laurel is about a group of women who meet at a lovely little clubhouse at 384 Main St. once a month from September through May. Many of these women, including me, live right here in West Laurel. We have members from every corner of Laurel. What draws us together is fellowship and the desire to serve our Laurel community.

Over the years, there have been many different ways the WCL has strived to help and serve. The WCL was first organized in 1910 and has an abundance of stories and historical lore. In the tradition of the organization, women find lasting friendships and strive to broaden their opportunities for service and civic action within our community.

One of the ways they accomplish this is by choosing and implementing a Community Improvement Project every couple of years. And so the Weekend Tummy Tamers project was conceived. Children of families with need-based income received breakfast and lunch while at school but what happened on the weekends? Last school year, the club provided 20 bags of food each weekend to those select children of need at a local Laurel school. The food was bought with funds raised by the WCL as well as donations from the city of Laurel, Sandy Spring Bank, Olive on Main restaurant, McGowan and Cecil LLC, First United Methodist Church, Church of the Nazarene and many individual donations from club members and their families and neighbors and from the Laurel community. During holidays and vacation days, grocery store gift cards were supplied to the families. Feedback from the families was that of gratitude.

The WCL decided to up the stakes a bit this year and increase the number of Weekend Tummy Tamer bags in August. The goal is to continue increasing the number of bags as can be funded.

This is a well-organized club endeavor consisting of fundraising, as well as a lot of planning, purchasing and packing. Since it is an ongoing and developing project, funds are desperately needed to buy food, supplies and grocery store gift cards. Challenges include ongoing continuous monetary donations. Because the contents of the bags are planned in advance and storage space is limited, food donations are not sought after. Financial help is. The GFWC Woman's Club of Laurel is a 501(c) (3) organization so donations are tax deductible.

Contributions can be made by sending a check, made payable to the Woman's Club of Laurel, to Linda Hammil (treasurer), 6456 Skipton Drive, Hanover MD 21076. For those who like to take a leisurely neighborhood walk, feel free to see me in the office at Bond Mill Elementary to drop off gift cards or checks.

For more information, you can email Kathy Hanns at Every little bit helps. With so many West Laurel members, it seemed all right to ask our neighbors to help if they could.

If you are a woman who might like to know more about membership in the Woman's Club of Laurel, meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, 384 Main St. Stop by. You will be welcome!

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