We have two annual campaigns that support military veterans. In the winter, our members donate personal items for men and women that are given to patients as they are discharged from the Jerry Pettis Memorial Hospital in Loma Linda. Then in the spring we participate in Operation Baby Shower at the Juliet Center in Redlands. Members donate baby items and the club purchases a few large items--high chairs, strollers, etc.. In all, the needs of approximately 250 veterans are served.
When illness or tragedy strikes a household, it affects everyone in the family. Our Advocates for Children's Chair coordinates with the local schools to pinpoint families in need. That may include groceries, school clothes, toys or whatever special item that family needs.
For the past 30 years, on the first Sunday of December, Walnut Valley Women's Club has held a tree lighting ceremony at Walnut's Fire Station #61. We invite a city dignitary to light the tree. Local children's choirs provide entertainment. Santa and his helper elf make a visit as well.
Victims of domestic violence often have to flee at a moments notice with only the clothes on their back. The WINGS program offers the abused partner and children a safe place to stay and counselling. The WINGS (YWCA) shelter is always in need of clothing, pillows, and personal items. We have adopted this as an ongoing project.
Future scientists and engineers are participating in one of Suzanne's Middle School's Robotics Clubs. The expensive robots these teens build give them valuable hands-on experience. The Walnut Teen Center provides a safe environment for teens to socialize. It also provides tutoring.