Creativity for a cause

Aethne Hinchliffe
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Cami Verge was one of a few people at Trinity Hall working on her scrapbook on Oct. 15. She sat at a table focused on her work – cutting, gluing and deciding where to place photos.

Cami Verge works on her bowling scrapbook at a fundraiser for the Trinity Anglican Mothers’ Union at Trinity Hall on Oct. 15. Aethne Hinchliffe photo

Kathy Whynot, a member of the Trinity Anglican Mothers’ Union, organized the scrapbooking crop fundraiser for the group, which helps families in Queens.

“We helped a family out, a woman in distress who had to leave, so we helped her out with furniture and clothes for her kids and toys,” says Whynot. “Basically whatever the need is, we just consider it and see if we can meet it.”


As well as having a couple of fundraisers through the year, the non-profit group also seeks community support.

“There was a child who had autism last year … and he needed an easel, but the family couldn’t afford it,” says Norma Lawton, who is also a member of the Mothers’ Union.

The child also needed an exercise ball. Someone from the community donated the easel and the Mothers’ Union bought the exercise ball.

Lawton says the Mothers’ Union helps to strengthen families’ lives however it can.

Whynot, who is relatively new to the group, says scrapbooking is her thing.

Whynot is from a single-income family and has a child she stays home with to care for. She says organizing the scrapbook workshop was a way for her to give without donating money.

“Scrapbooking is a way to preserve your memories with paper and embellishments,” says Whynot.

It’s a way for people to express themselves in creative ways, adds Lawton.

Whynot has been scrapbooking most of her life. She says an interest in photography helped to encourage the hobby.

People like Cami, who went to the scrapbooking fundraising event, brought their own supplies to work with.

Through the day, Whynot gave some card-making workshops. People who went paid $10 for a table and $10 for food. The Trinity Church Council donated the hall, and the Mothers’ Union donated the food. The event took place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


Organizations: Trinity Church Council

Geographic location: Queens

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