Service Projects

Currently, I am working on Give Life...Give Hope - a project I founded and am directing that focuses on hosting quarterly life-saving blood drives combined with hands-on service projects and collections that benefit people who are struggling medically, financially, and educationally. The recipient organizations help those who live locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Please consider volunteering, donating, or supporting these efforts. 

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th Street North, Scandia, MN 55073

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

=> Hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

=>Sign up to donate blood. The link will be forthcoming.

=> Creating comfort bags for children with leukemia who are undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a blood transfusion.

=> Make a donation so supplies can be purchased to create the bags. A donation link for this project will be forthcoming.

=> Purchase items on the comfort bag wish list and have them shipped to me by May 20th. The wish list will be posted in the Spring.

=> Knit or crochet hats, toys, and/or blankets for children and teens to be included in the comfort bags. (Note: handmade items need to be made in a smoke-free home.) Please contact Sophia at sophianienaber@icloud.com for the mailing address for shipping items by May 20th.

=> Sew toys or quilts for children and teens to be included in the comfort bags. (Note: handmade items need to be made in a smoke-free home.) Please contact Sophia at sophianienaber@icloud.com for the mailing address for shipping items by May 20th.

 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (the same weekend as Taco Daze)

Elim Lutheran Church (tentative location) Scandia, MN 55073

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

=> Hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

=>Sign up to donate blood. The link will be forthcoming.

=> Hosting a "One Stop Donation Drop" in which the community can drop off donations or make contributions various non-profits Some of the recipient organizations will include:

=> Color-a-Smile (spend some time coloring sheets that will be sent to those in nursing homes or who are homebound; veterans; and servicemen/women who are overseas.

=> Community Thread (ankle crew socks for men and women, cookie sheets, and towel sets)

=> Diaper Bank of Minnesota (diapers for families in need)

=> I Have Wings (costume jewelry and estate jewelry that is refurbished and used to raise funds for women going through breast cancer)

=> Soles4Souls (gently-worn shoes)

 

PAST EVENTS:

Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Crossroads Church's activity building in Forest Lake, Minnesota:

=> Blood drive with the American Red Cross. Impact: 12 blood donors -25% of whom were teens. 36 lives saved thanks to blood donors!

=> Created 30 comfort bags for children with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a blood transfusion. 

 November 15, 2017: Some of the items that people have purchased that will be used for the comfort bags. There are 10 bags, 90 ginger mints, and six stress-relief balls with positive messages on them. Many more items are available for purchasing on the wish list on Amazon.com (the link is noted under the December 2nd blood drive and comfort bag assembly event).   

November 15, 2017: Some of the items that people have purchased that will be used for the comfort bags. There are 10 bags, 90 ginger mints, and six stress-relief balls with positive messages on them. Many more items are available for purchasing on the wish list on Amazon.com (the link is noted under the December 2nd blood drive and comfort bag assembly event). 
 

 Sophia and Brenda filling two comfort bags for children who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy at the December 2nd event.

Sophia and Brenda filling two comfort bags for children who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy at the December 2nd event.

 Five youth volunteers working with Sophia on tying a fleece blanket for a child who has cancer. This blanket was put in one of the comfort bags that was assembled on December 2nd. 

Five youth volunteers working with Sophia on tying a fleece blanket for a child who has cancer. This blanket was put in one of the comfort bags that was assembled on December 2nd. 

 One of the blood donors at the December 2nd blood drive. She is holding one pint of blood which has the potential to save three lives!

One of the blood donors at the December 2nd blood drive. She is holding one pint of blood which has the potential to save three lives!

Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th Street North, Scandia, MN 55073, from           9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

=> Partnered with the Forest Lake-Scandia Leo Club to host a blood drive with the American Red Cross and do a "One Stop Donation Drop" in which the community can drop off donations or make contributions various non-profits. The impact of the event follows: 

-         Up to 45 lives will be saved thanks to 15 blood donors.

-         31 children’s lives will be saved because they will receive a measles shot through One Shot One Life.

-         902 books and 80 learning materials were donated to the African Library Project so 465 orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, Africa, can have a library at their school.

-         584 items donated to Family Pathways.

-         88.69 pounds of food was collected for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf.

-         54 milkweed seeds for monarch butterflies were planted in 9 biodegradable planters.

-         43 items were given to children in Child Protective Services at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

-         42 items were donated for use in welcome baskets for new residents at Christian Community Home.

-         24 pictures were colored for Color-a-Smile who then sends them to seniors who are homebound or in nursing homes; veterans; and those in the military.

-         17 items were collected for the Wildlife Science Center.

-         16 DVDs were given to Bridge for Youth for programs for at-risk, homeless, and formerly-homeless youth who are 10-18 years old.

-         11 hats were knitted for newborns at Fairview Lakes Medical Center.

-         10 items were collected for Northwoods Humane Society, $40 was donated, and 1 dog was adopted.

-         10 fleece-tied blankets were donated to Project Linus who will give them to children and teenagers struggling with life-threatening medical issues (3 blankets were made and 7 were donated).

-         9 items were collected and 3 no-sew tie fleece hats were made for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.

-         7 raffle tickets were sold by the Scandia-Marine Lions Club which support service projects including college scholarships for high-school graduates.

-         5 ink jet cartridges were collected and recycled by the Forest Lake Lions Club.

-         5 pairs of eyeglasses were collected for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club in support of the Lions Recycle for Sight Program that provides glasses to low- and middle-income individuals.

-         4 boxes of donations were collected by The Baby Blanket & Hannah’s Arms to help single- and low-income mothers.

-         People learned from Christ Lutheran Church how mats are made using plarn (plastic yarn made from plastic bags) for those experiencing homelessness.

 

 A variety of non-profits were at the One Stop Donation Drop including those pictured here: Community Homestead, Lions Gift of Sight, Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Wildlife Science Center, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Christ Lutheran Church, and Osceola Medical Center. People could learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn) from plastic bags and use that to help crochet mats for those experiencing homelessness. The table behind the mats had fleece-tied blankets that were made for children and teens experiencing life-threatening health issues. There were additional organizations and activities at the event that aren't pictured here.   

A variety of non-profits were at the One Stop Donation Drop including those pictured here: Community Homestead, Lions Gift of Sight, Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Wildlife Science Center, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Christ Lutheran Church, and Osceola Medical Center. People could learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn) from plastic bags and use that to help crochet mats for those experiencing homelessness. The table behind the mats had fleece-tied blankets that were made for children and teens experiencing life-threatening health issues. There were additional organizations and activities at the event that aren't pictured here.

 

 At the One Stop Donation Drop, attendees could knit hat for babies born at Fairview Medical Center in Wyoming (MN); and - at the table behind that - make fleece-tied hats for children undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Representatives from Osceola Medical Center were on hand to share information about diabetes prevention; and volunteers from Northwoods Humane Society had games and prizes, accepted donations, and brought two dogs available for adoption. One dog was adopted that day!

At the One Stop Donation Drop, attendees could knit hat for babies born at Fairview Medical Center in Wyoming (MN); and - at the table behind that - make fleece-tied hats for children undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Representatives from Osceola Medical Center were on hand to share information about diabetes prevention; and volunteers from Northwoods Humane Society had games and prizes, accepted donations, and brought two dogs available for adoption. One dog was adopted that day!

 I'm welcoming blood donors and guests to the One Stop Donation Drop. At the table next to me, there was information about becoming a bone marrow donor. Guests could plant milkweed seeds and take them home to plant in the Spring. In the far back, was the blood drive with the American Red Cross. 

I'm welcoming blood donors and guests to the One Stop Donation Drop. At the table next to me, there was information about becoming a bone marrow donor. Guests could plant milkweed seeds and take them home to plant in the Spring. In the far back, was the blood drive with the American Red Cross. 

 We are getting one of the fleece blankets ready to be cut so it can be tied at the One Stop Donation Drop. People from the community - youth and adults - tied the blankets. They were donated to Project Linus which distributes them to children and teens with life-threatening medical issues.

We are getting one of the fleece blankets ready to be cut so it can be tied at the One Stop Donation Drop. People from the community - youth and adults - tied the blankets. They were donated to Project Linus which distributes them to children and teens with life-threatening medical issues.

 Teachers and staff from Scandia Elementary School donated a car load of children's books and teaching resources to create a library in Malawi, Africa through the African Library Project. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books and raise $500. After the One Stop Donation Drop, we collected 902 books. There are two more collection times happening during April to help reach the 1,000-book goal.

Teachers and staff from Scandia Elementary School donated a car load of children's books and teaching resources to create a library in Malawi, Africa through the African Library Project. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books and raise $500. After the One Stop Donation Drop, we collected 902 books. There are two more collection times happening during April to help reach the 1,000-book goal.