“You Gotta Have Heart”
For nine months in the year, the group gets together for one day each month. Led by Marg van Roosendaal, they rely on Susan Mitchell to bring a batch of sewn heart-shaped cases. Then the stuffers and sewers get to work – the group can be as big as twenty seven, including regulars such as: Marit Bell, Connie LaRocque, Joanne Wright, Joanne Janyk, Cheryl Yamamoto, Vi Hayward, Marie D’Costa and Rosemary D’Silva. Their biggest cheer-leader is Helen Hawkins, President of the Fieldway Retirees’ Club, part of the Telco Community Volunteers - a fun and active group of Bell retirees and a sister organization of BPG (Bell Pensioners’ Group).
But even with these impressive production numbers, there’s more. This year will be the 4th year that Marg has successfully secured a donation from Bell through the Employee Giving program. This year’s cheque for $2,500 will be presented to Trillium shortly, so that will be a total of $10,000 donated by Bell towards improving cardiac care.
We are proud of the work done by the heart pillows team. It’s another example of how Bell retirees give back to their community and their neighbours. If you know of other “giving” stories, please share with us by posting directly on BPG Ontario Facebook or by getting in touch with us in BPG via email and we will contact you. We’d love to hear from you. Visit us anytime at the links below: