Members of the Zwaanendael Women’s Club of Lewes met June 20 to make final distributions of the more than $8,500 club members raised during the past 12 months.

The Sussex County and Southern Delaware organizations benefitting include Little Grace Kids Closet, Home of the Brave for Women, Lewes Fire Department, People's Place Domestic Violence Fund, Lewes Library, Milford Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Cape Henlopen High School Scholarship Fund, Peoples Place Girls Group Home, Lewes Historical Society, The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation, Shields Elementary School Reading Specialist Book Fund for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades, Beebe Nursing School Scholarship Fund, Shields Elementary School Adopt A Classroom and Fisher House for Military Families.

One of the Women’s Club’s projects is assisting in need students from Cape Henlopen High School and their families. This assistance includes stocking the school food pantry; donating 2,500 clothing items to the student clothing closet and holding semiannual clothing distribution days; and providing Baskets of Basics for college bound students that include items needed to comfortably set up their dorm room. The Baskets of Basics is funded by donations from local businesses and individuals.

This year, club members’ time and talents also supported the community through collection and donation of 1,300 pounds of food for local food pantries; 100 books for the Community Resource Baby Pantry; and clothing and supplies to Little Grace Kids Closet.

The source for these donated funds is the Club’s Antique & Jewelry Appraisal event, Christmas raffle, Paint with a Purpose fundraiser, Valentine’s Tea, Victorian Tea and Geranium Sale.