Hand-made Valentine's Cards
This year for Valentine's Day, you can send heartfelt greetings to your friend or sweetheart and to widows in Malawi, Africa, all with the same card, by sending your Valentine’s greetings with the Women Of Grace Widows' Fund.
For a donation of any amount to the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund, a Valentine’s card will be sent to the loved one of your choice notifying him or her that a gift has been made in their honor. Gifts made by February 9th will be assured delivery by Valentine’s Day.
Better than chocolate and longer lasting than flowers, a Valentine’s Day gift to the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund will touch and change lives of widows and children in Malawi, Africa. The Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund is a joint mission project of the Canton and Watertown Presbyterian Churches dedicated to alleviating the extreme poverty faced by widows in Malawi.
To have a Valentine’s Day card sent, make a donation (in any amount) to the First Presbyterian Church and note “Widows’ Fund/Valentine’s Day” on the memo line. Include with that the name and address of the person to whom the Valentine should be sent and how you want your name to appear on the card. The amount of your donation does not appear on the card. For more information or to have a Valentine’s Day donation form mailed to you, contact Linda Potter at 386-4364, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Cabin Fever Coffee & Dessert Night will be held in Watertown and in Canton to benefit The Women Of Grace Widows' Fund.
The Watertown event will be on Saturday, February 28th from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Ives Hill Retirement Home, 1200 Jewell Street. Canton will also host its event on Saturday, February 28th from 7 - 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park Street.
Admission to each is $5 which includes coffee and tea throughout the night and a sampling of sweets. Along with live music, there will be raffles throughout the evening for Cabin Fever gift baskets and locally made desserts, including chocolate creations, pies, cupcakes and gluten-free selections. Raffle tickets will be 1 for $1, 6 for $5, or 12 for $10. Must be present to win!
Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women Of Grace Widows' Fund, a joint mission project of the Canton and Watertown Presbyterian Churches dedicated to alleviating the extreme poverty faced by widows in Malawi. For more information, contact Linda Potter in Canton at 386-4364 or Heather White in Watertown at 778-9867.
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The mission of the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund is to enact and make real an ongoing structure to alleviate the extreme poverty faced by widows in Malawi by providing funding to meet basic food, shelter, and safety needs, while creating opportunities and resources that enable and empower widows to establish their own self-sufficiency and independence, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Women Of Grace Widows' Fund is a joint mission project of the Watertown and Canton First Presbyterian Churches.
Being A Widow In Malawi
What does it mean to be a widow in one of the world’s poorest countries? To become a widow in Malawi, Africa is to fall into extreme poverty. As in other areas of Africa, the practice of property grabbing is wide-spread and local authorities are unable to stop this gendered violence against women. After the death of her spouse, the family of the deceased husband forcibly, and sometimes violently, takes all possessions from the widow, leaving her with the children and, if she is lucky, only a roof over her head.
In a country with an average per capita income of $170 and a life expectancy of age 47, this means a widow faces dire challenges in meeting her very basic needs. Education and medical care become secondary as she struggles to provide the most basic of needs: food, firewood and shelter.
Most widows are caring for their own children and sometimes their grandchildren, as well as taking in orphans. Some of the women are HIV positive and all contend with malaria and TB. To be a widow in Malawi means a grim life. Fortunately, there is help.
How You Can Help
1. Host a meeting or potluck at your church, home or in your community to share information and raise funds for the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund.
2. Ask your church to hold a yearly special offering for the Widows’ Fund.
3. Tell a friend about the widows in Malawi.
Since 2008, the Women Of Grace Widows’ Fund has been assisting and empowering women in Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries with an average per capita income of $170. Life expectancy is age 47 with malaria, AIDS and malnutrition as the leading causes of death. Learn more...