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Maryland

On August 9th, we had a lively time at the Maryland Melford Center with 20 Japanese students. The group is visiting the U.S. for four weeks, touring America’s historical sites and our Founders’ established buildings. WFWP Maryland welcomed the opportunity to meet with them, and to connect the youth of two nations together.As soon as the guests arrived, they began playing frisbee with the locals. Later, they shared a delicious meal of spaghetti, salad, pizza, cake, and enjoyed themselves.The American youth created art and signed their names to the blank t-shirts the Maryland chapter provided, and gave them as gifts for the Japanese visitors.They all became “Bridges of Peace” by simply sharing food, exchanging t-shirts, playing frisbee together, invisible barriers were broken naturally and at the end of the day…

Annual Yard Sale

August 1st, 2017
The Maryland chapter of WFWP held its annual yard sale to benefit the “Schools of Africa” international project on June 3, 2017. The yard sale was held at the Dadachanji & Taylor residence in Bowie, Maryland.Our thanks go out to members of WFWP and to the New Hope Family Church community for contributing clothing and other items for the sale. Kudos and thanks are also extended to key organizers of the event: Susan Fefferman, Vicki Phelps, and Kim Dadachanji. Others, including Emiko Butler, Mikiko Zimmerman, and Pauline Eby gave much-needed support on the day of the sale.A total of $404 was raised and donated for the “Schools of Africa” project of WFWP.
Thanks to the steadfastness of Dottie Chicquelo, chairwoman for community outreach of the MD chapter, members recently volunteered their time and effort at the “Santa Shop” of the Shepherd’s Cove Women’s Shelter in Capitol Heights, Maryland.Generous donors and community organizations had already provided a multitude of toys, games, books, musical instruments, and clothing -- gifts for children ranging in age from infant to teen. On December 20, representatives of the WFWP Maryland chapter gathered at the shelter to assist staff in sorting and organizing these gifts in preparation for an orderly distribution.It was amazing to experience the loving generosity of donors as bag after bag of gifts flowed into the distribution room. It was easy for us as volunteers to imagine the joy that would soon erupt among the recipient…
On Friday, October 14, members of the Maryland Chapter Purse and Book Bag Drive Committee ended the 2016 project. All the bags that had not been already donated during the year, were gathered together, packed up, and taken to the Shepherd's Cove Women's Shelter in Capitol Heights, Maryland.Mrs. Deborah Ellison, Shepherd's Cove Assistant Manager, met us and was very grateful to receive the donation for the young ladies and their children who are residents there.The Committee would like to thank all the many donors of bags, book bags, and daily essentials to put into those bags that were collected. But even though the 2016 drive is over, the project is not over! The need to help people is never completely satisfied so long as there are those less fortunate who…
I was impressed by the fact that, when I arrived at around 9:15 in the morning, Minister Chi was already there. She had already set up the registration table and had managed to obtain many tools (shovels, rakes, and brooms), from the DPW (Department of Public Works). She was gracious in welcoming all the guests, teachers, and students.The excitement of the students was inspiring. They were eager and upbeat. I noticed that some of the teachers took responsibility for keeping the students focused and motivated while they were waiting for the program to begin. Upon returning from their sidewalk-cleaning service, the students were still enthusiastic and energetic. They greatly appreciated the lunch as well as the gift bags that were donated and prepared by Mrs. Connery. It was like an…
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