FARMINGTON – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Homemakers of Franklin County have ended their programming year and are busy planning their activities for 2006.

Throughout the past year, the 12 homemakers groups made angel ornaments, used to decorate a tree that was auctioned as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Farmington duirng the annual Christmas tree event. Each group decided on a different type ornament.

A family in need was identified and the homemaker groups provided gifts for them to help celebrate the holidays. Clothing, toys and other gifts were presented to the family in December.

Some members of the homemaker program also participated in the Preemie 1372 project through the March of Dimes. Hats, mittens, booties and sweaters were made for the 1,372 premature babies that were born in Maine during the year.

These are a few of the many projects the homemakers did in 2005. In completing the summary of activities that are reported to the university, it has been calculated that the homemakers provided more than 5,500 hours of volunteer service to the community. They donated more than $3,000 in cash to charities and groups in need.

The program is sponsored through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and groups meet in towns throughout Franklin County.

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