Featured Volunteer Lynda Connell
We are delighted to introduce Lynda Connell as the first National Volunteer in the New Year 2009. Her dedication to TPP and its mission exemplify everything that TPP has come to mean to so many people. A personal connection to a seriously ill child…and a loving niece who encouraged her “Aunt Lynda” …gave rise to Lynda’s involvement with TPP and this month she celebrates her first anniversary as a member of the group.
Born in Muscatine, Iowa, (located about 34 miles from Iowa City), Lynda spent almost all of her life (or at least the first 60 years) in this small town. Two years ago she relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where she is the Director of Marketing for RE/MAX Central Region which includes Iowa and Nebraska. She is the mother of two grown children. Her daughter, Christy, lives north of Grand Island, Nebraska with her husband, Keith, and Lynda’s first grandchild, Cole. Her son, RJ, lives with his wife, Amber, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where both are employed at UIHC. She now shares her home with her two cats, Ozzie and Sylvia.
Lynda’s creative talents include both knitting and crochet but she tends to crochet for TPP. Having learned both crafts as a teenager, they lay dormant for years until she reacquainted herself with both for TPP. Lynda’s niece, Jen, re-awakened her aunt’s interest in needlecrafts after she introduced Lynda to Ravelry.com. (She is auntlynda on Ravelry). Jen also told Lynda about TPP. Prior to that, close friends of hers from Muscatine gave birth to a son who suffered with severe medical problems spending time in the NICU. Through her friend’s blog, she learned of the seriousness of his situation and the extraordinary care he received in the hospital. The stress and the sorrow of his worried parents struck a nerve in Lynda and when Jen later introduced her to TPP she thought about creating hats and booties, infused with love, that might bring to families facing such tough situations some much needed smiles. With that mission, she began making hat and booties striving to make each set as cute as possible.
Lynda enjoys working in front of television and she has started a “Sit ‘n Stitch” through her local church which gives her additional opportunities to work on her projects. She also takes her creation bag with her when she travels for work and often passes evenings spent in hotel room immersed in her creative work.
Having given so much time and effort to TPP, Lynda derives much pleasure from brightening the days for anxious parents. In making a difference in someone’s life, she has found incredible enjoyment in her re-introduction to her craft. And like so many TPP volunteers, Lynda believes it is important for her to serve others and to show them that they are loved and cared for in some of life’s most difficult circumstances. TPP is fortunate to have her as one of its dedicated members.