Labor Day Weekend

Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, Labor Day was always the last big celebration of summer, picnics with family and friends, and getting ready to start school. Since it is always on a Monday, the Teachers went back Tuesday, and the kids on Wednesday. Now, with schools starting in August, a Labor Day picnic seems so anticlimactic, and 2020 doesn’t even have that!

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.[1][2][3] It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.[4]

So, we are celebrating American Workers. With COVID-19 so prevalent in our country, this year we must be especially thankful for the first responders and front-line workers who take care of those infected.

Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers (MVCT, a chapter of IADCCT) is making angels for the COVID workers.

Sheryl Wilder and Lucretia Kaiser meet with John Mercer, Major Gifts Officer, at St. Elizabeth’s – Main Campus to present Stacie Call, Nursing Director, with 300 Angels to be distributed to COVID-19 workers at the Boardman Campus.  The Angels were donated and painted by Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers. There are 3 hospitals in the Mercy Network: St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth – Boardman and St Josephs.  Each hospital has 2 COVID related floors besides the Emergency Department and the angels will be distributed to those that dealt with COVID patients, example X-ray, Lab Techs, Janitors, etc. Stacie mentioned that they really appreciate this donation, especially since the decrease in COVID-19 patients and frontline workers are being forgotten about. It is my opinion that we continue making Angels to give to the Mercer Health Care System or nursing facility or other hospitals in the area.

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What can YOU do?

Pray
for our healthcare workers.

Wear a Mask
when in public — save a child or someone’s grandma. Do it for them if not for yourself. You may not be sick but you may be a carrier or may become a carrier.

Observe Social Distancing
we all want to get back to normal but the virus is not going away.
We must do all that we can to keep it from spreading.

Make an Angel Day
watch for an upcoming Special Event where you can come and
help to clean, glaze, or package more angels.

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What are WE doing?

Facebook Live videos
to share techniques. These are on Wednesday at 3:00 (Kids Krafts) and Friday at 6:00. Schedules of projects were posted last week and the week before so just scroll down. You can watch these anytime on Carol Warneke or Carol‘s Carousel Creations.

Holding classes
on Monday evenings at 6:00 wearing masks, sanitizing,
and observing social distancing as much as possible.

Providing to-go kits
for all of the videos we produce or for whatever else you want to work on at home. They can be picked up at the studio, delivered, or mailed.

Trying to keep up with online orders
for bisque and finished pieces. With the COVID, neither of us is up to par
and we have no outside help so everything is taking longer than usual.
We have two Etsy stores, African American Kids & Friends and Carol’s Carousel Shoppe. Both also have Facebook pages. In addition, our catalog can be found on our website (here, check out the menu tab at the top).
We get orders for items not in our Etsy stores through email and messenger.

CAROL’S CAROUSEL CREATIONS
Where having Fun is why we come!

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