There’s no exact mission for the White Sulfur Springs Extension and Community Association, but throughout its existence the group has held to one common theme: doing good in the community.
Ann Davis said the White Sulfur Springs ECA formed more than 75 years ago. Though members came from Mount Airy and the surrounding area, the group drew its name from its meeting location — an inn in White Sulfur Springs.
Davis said the ladies of the group enjoyed the atmosphere there and got a little pampered bathing in the natural springs, but while they were doing that, they also found ways to do good in the community.
Davis wasn’t even a twinkle in her parents’ eyes 75 years ago, but she said since the group’s founding, the meeting location has changed to a church in Mount Airy. However, the mission stayed the same.
Every year for about the past decade the group has donated its time and supplies to decorate the Christmas tree at the Mount Airy Public Library, according to Becky Hill, another club member. They also decorate the tree at the extension office in Dobson.
“We just try to help out in the community,” explained Hill.
Other projects have included donating to the Children’s Home of Surry and decorating the eye covers kids use when getting eye exams at school, said Hill. Each kid in the Mount Airy school district leaves with his or her decorated eye cover.
“They can use them for bookmarks and what not,” added Hill.
Davis said the group meets monthly. However, the members make the ornaments for the tree at the library in their spare time. Of late, the group found itself to be gathering more ornaments than it knew what to do with, so Davis said the idea of a sale was born.
Every year the group picks a new theme for the tree at the library and makes new ornaments, added Davis.
“We had gathered quite a nice selection of ornaments,” said Davis. “We decided to sell them to the public.”
Club members brought the ornaments (going for a dollar each) and various craft supplies to the library, where they were sold from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“We had a nice little turn-out,” Davis said on Saturday. “We really appreciate the community’s support.”
Davis went on to note all the proceeds for the sale likely will be used to fill Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army, one of the many random projects the group takes on throughout the course of any given year.
“We just try to do different work in the community,” said Davis, echoing Hill’s remarks. “We try to help out where we can.”
The White Sulfur Springs ECA meets every third Tuesday of the month at North Main Church of Christ in Mount Airy at 10:30 a.m. Hill said the club is always looking for new members and invited anybody interested to pay the club a visit.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.