Willing Workers Club (Fayette County, Iowa)
The Willing Workers Club of Fayette County met for the first time October 3, 1918 at the home of Kate Ostrander. The group was initially formed as a Red Cross sewing club to sew and knit garments for soldiers serving overseas in World War I. The club also donated clothes, blankets, quilts, and food to needy families and orphanages during the Depression.
Club meetings were a major social event for the women where they could work together to help the community, accomplish goals, socialize, cultivate new hobbies, learn and study about other cultures and countries, and share common interests such as sewing, cooking, and gardening. The women also held events for club and community members such as bake sales, picnics, fundraisers, Christmas parties, baby showers, and bridal showers.
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A social and benevolent women's club initially formed as a Red Cross sewing club during World War I.