The Richmond Hill Garden Club recently held its annual holiday luncheon at the Mighty Eighth Museum.
The luncheon included a game, in which members had to complete missing words from traditional Christmas songs while they were timed, and drawings for the table centerpieces. The prizes and the centerpieces for the winners and other guests included birdhouses and bird feeders.
The luncheon included the “gathering of the Christmas stockings,” as it does each year, allowing members of the club to create festive stockings filled with small gifts and candy for donation to the Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah.
Nancy McAuley, a 20-year club member, described the project as one “very close to her heart.” She is the committee chair of the club’s “Garden Therapy” branch, which allows members to use their creativity to bring Christmas cheer to the local hospital residents.
“It is a way for us to reach out to people who need help,” McAuley said.
She added that there are garden-club members all over Georgia who complete similar projects for the Georgia Regional Hospital residents in their local areas.
“The stockings will be put on the residents’ serving trays on Christmas day,” McAuley said.
Another annual participant in the project is Club Secretary Dolores Derrick.
“The club’s donations this year also include toiletries, underwear, cosmetics and small personal items,” she said. “We are glad to be a part of this project, as it can bring a little joy at Christmastime.”
The club’s monthly meetings are held at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center in J.F. Gregory Park.