Saturday, November 26, 2011

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Teaching Hands came up with a program to assist with the lack of food available in the community of Meridian, Idaho

November 26, 2011

For more information:
Cindy Williams 343-4725

"Thank you for doing this," stated a veteran who attended a dinner. "You’re welcome. We'll be here until we are no longer needed,” Williams stated. She continued with, "We both know that isn't happening anytime soon."

Teaching Hands in Boise, Idaho and American Legion Post 113 in Meridian, Idaho have partnered together to give a free meal on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 5-7:30 pm at the American Legion (22 W. Broadway, Meridian, ID). Included are free handcrafted hats and scarves from the volunteers of Teaching Hands to give comfort and warmth to those in need. They will also demonstrate the needle arts for those interested. All volunteers that want to drop off a food item or handcrafted item are always welcome.

Networking and gathering resources is a pleasure for Teaching Hands. As is the gift of gab with those that like to socialize.

Williams extended the Teaching Hands program to the Meridian Food Bank when she learned their shelves are low on food. Through partnering with the American Legion Post 113, their doors are open to everyone during the hours and dates stated above. "Some left overs are given to those that attend to take home to their families." Williams said. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One veteran's help years before Teaching Hands

The first day I met Jeff, I wondered, "where have you been all my life." Don't let his quiet exterior fool you. Being an analytical person Jeff observed before he spoke. His golden tan covered some of his 6'1" body frame. Included were those rippling muscles throughout most of his body. This told you he was strong. Not so with his insides -- fighting for his life.

One warm fall afternoon Jeff and I took a walk. I chatted away about a website (not Les Bois Arts) that need some help - content. (This was before experts told you the importance of the written word.) Around thirty seconds or so went by when my six sense kicked in. Looked behind me to see Jeff way back there. Did an about face picked up my pace to see if he was alright. Reached Jeff and found him frozen, staring at me. 

"Are you okay?"

"Ma, told me I would write someday."

Those words were music to my ears. We continued to walk and talk. The conversation had me firing questions at him as though I was a machine gun. Jeff stated, "Slow down." Flashed him a grin cause, I needed to catch my breath.

The walk continued however, the talk came to an abrupt stop. At that time a silly thing called a computer was not in Jeff's vocabulary let alone in his life. Jeff showed me that electronics will not be in his way from his writing. He was the fastest learner I ever had with a PC and Macintosh.

Being a morning person helped me to get my writing accomplished. During this time my character creating and dialog was in bloom. There are more parts to a book than being a script writer. Jeff was a night owl he did the editing. He also, added in the scenes and taught me how.

Jeff and I would joke about our past lives. Added to this are the things we did when we were younger. When Jeff turned nineteen he was drafted into the war -- Vietnam. All of his body parts came back home with him and two Bronze Stars. Something else chose to come back to the states too. Agent Orange and another nasty little bugger called Heptitus C.

Jeff's battle with his "little buddy" took his life on February 13, 2003. Our written material is on hold at this very moment. At the time we did not know, readers and publishers are not interested in a soap-opera book. Already working on a different angle for our hard work to come to print. There is another work in progress that came to Jeff in a dream. Before he went home, Jeff, made sure I had the outline to the book.

Another important task for Jeff was to help one vet.

In the beginning the written word was a daunting task without Jeff. The pain seems to have lesson when most of my time is spent with my fingers typing away and a "cup of joe" by my side. There are those times while my fingers are flying through the keyboard I wonder, if Jeff is near by. Some times I believe so, the delete key is erasing something before I've had time to read it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Veterans and civilians working together by feeding the homeless, those in need and keeping them warm for free

November 16, 2011
For more information:
Cindy Williams 343-4725

Teaching Hands in Boise and American Legion Post 113 in Meridian (22 W. Broadway)have partnered to give meals on the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5-7:30pm. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 113 of Meridian has been gracious in volunteering baking goods for the dinner.

"Anyone is welcome to attend. No questions asked," stated Williams. During tomorrow's dinner, (Thursday 17, 2011) of beef vegetable soup we are giving free handcrafted items of hats, scarves and children's sweaters. There will be volunteers willing to demonstrate to anyone interested the needle arts: knitting, crocheting and loom knitting. All of us at Teaching Hands loves to socialize and help where we can. See you tomorrow evening!

“We care about our children, veterans and families and we understand there are veterans in need, suffering and the homeless situation,” Williams said.