Charles Wood and Paul Newman founded The Double H Hole in
the Woods Ranches that are all around the country for critically ill
children aged 6-16. We are lucky to have one close to Tamarac in Lake
Luzerne, NY. We are also lucky to have Virginia Hanby, a retired Tamarac
Elementary teacher who is involved with Bridging People and Places (www.bridgingpeople.org),
an organization dedicated to helping wherever help is needed. One of the
places that needed help was the Lake Luzerne Double H Hole in the Woods
the efforts of our local Bridging People and Places chapter each camper
receives a teddy bear, dressed to the nines, in a Bear Den bag. Mrs. Hanby
began working with Bridging People and Places while still a teacher at
Tamarac and involved her students in giving the bears lots of hugs and
love as they dressed them, so the bears could pass the hugs and love along
to their recipient. She also got Tamarac involved in decorating the Bear
Den bags with happy, hopeful images drawn by children. Our students
decorate between 800 and 1000 bags each year which are quickly used up by
Hanby also works with individual classes to create personal quilts for
local shelters using the children's artwork on each of the squares of the
quilt. She comes into classes, explains about the homeless or those who
need to reside in shelters and then helps the children think of ideas for
their square. The children create wonderfully endearing pictures which
Mrs. Hanby then sews into quilts.
another retiree work with Kids Care Club in the Middle School teaching
knitting and quilting so the Middle Level students can work on these
projects. Parents volunteer to do preparation work for the quilts or
actual quilting as well. Staff members contribute their efforts by
knitting the sweaters and hats that the bears wear.
The children learn compassion and empathy during this
service-learning project and our school community works together to help
those in need. This project receives support from the Learn and Serve
America grant that helps with many of our projects.
If you would like to be involved in any aspect of this
project please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.