In 1942 a group of women, the San Francisco Sportswomen's Association, decided to create a living memorial to the servicemen and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice in combat during World War II. They thought what better way than to plant trees? And so the Penny Pines Pines Program was born. The U. S. Forest Service agreed to manage and care for the seedlings. Every penny contributed would buy one seedling. It takes 680 seedlings to reforest one acre of land, so a $68.00 donation will plant one plantation.
As part of its philanthropic mission, the Club donates money every year to Penny Pines. In addition, member donations are collected each month from special containers placed on each luncheon table at our monthly luncheon meetings. Over the last three years, we have collected enough money to fund 9 acres.
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Stamps for the Wounded (SFTW). Founded in New York in 1942, it quickly spread nationwide as “hobby therapy” for wounded Veterans in over 130 VA facilities. We simply cut cancelled stamps leaving at least a quarter inch around the stamp and mail to Stamps for the Wounded in Virginia.
Stamps give bedridden patients a consuming interest. They can sort and mount stamps while in bed. If ambulatory, or even in a wheelchair, they can pass happy hours soaking stamps and mounting them in albums. Even the withdrawn, mentally disabled patient takes pleasure in using more common stamps in organized therapy sessions to make fanciful greeting cards, or to cover decorative boxes.
Our wounded and ill servicemen and women who are in- and out-patients at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and domiciliaries are located all across the country.
Each month we will spotlight two of the activities or organizations that we support either through volunteer hours or donations.