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Ligonier Valley BPW members make ornaments for Meals on Wheels

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Rebecca Emanuele | Trib Total Media
Sandy Leonard of Ligonier shows her completed gingerbread ornament to other members of the BPW as they gathered for dinner and ornament making recently in Ligonier.
Rebecca Emanuele | Trib Total Media
Gingerbread ornaments were made by the Business and Professional Women of Ligonier Valley to give to Meals on Wheels.

For some, the spirit of kindness and contribution are truly wrapped up in a day's work, and the Business and Professional Women of Ligonier Valley stand as proof that benevolence is business and professionalism intertwines with goodwill.

Members and guests dedicated December's meeting to a mix of craft and generosity, designing and assembling special ornaments which will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients around the Valley. The group has been carrying on this tradition for more than five years. Meals on Wheels Recipient Coordinator Mary Ellen Haines said the gesture impacts the local community.

“The holidays can be a lonely time for our homebound and handicapped neighbors,” said Haines. “A small gift to share in the holiday cheer is always greatly appreciated and well-received-by all of our recipients.”

The evening's event, held at the Ligonier Ramada, was also woven with refreshments, a gift exchange-and-steal and entertainment provided by Morgan, 12, and Megan Glista, 8, who performed renditions of holiday carols and violin pieces which included “Good King Wenceslas.”

The girls, along with the rest of the group, then set to task creating the ornaments to be delivered.

“It feels really good,” Megan said of the event and the cause. “It's a feeling of excitement.”

The ornaments, which are budgeted into the club's funds each year, came complete with ingredients and written instructions, perfect for those ‘with or without craft flair.'

This theme of giving is consistently threaded throughout the entire year for the local women's group.

“Last evening's meeting was no different than others,” said BPW President Janet Riordan. “So many of our members come up with such good ideas — we have such good people. We keep festive all year long.”

Other projects include taking part in Relay for Life to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, an endeavor that raises thousands of dollars.

The group also awards four scholarships to area high school students each year and holds fundraisers in order to generate these funds.

Monthly, the group invites guest speakers as means to spread insight, encouragement and information. All are welcome at the meetings.

“After everything was over, everyone said that they had such a great time,” Riordan said. “You love hearing that.”

Rebecca Ridinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.