El Segundo, CA
Local Knitting Guilds that are members of The Knitting Guild Association are encouraged to make and donate items to charity. Cathy McFarlane, Charity Committee Co-chairperson, records our contributions and keeps a running list for the year. At each meeting she reports what has been donated since the previous meeting.
ESSS Charity Report for Feb. 2017
We must all have made a New Year’s Resolution to knit for charity! Since our last report we have contributed 185 items to 10 different charities.
This includes 89 baby hats, 33 scarves, 11 adult hats, 1 pair mittens, 24 animal blankets, 4 shawls, 10 blankets, 10 skeins of yarn, and yes, Mama Bear is still popping them out and just delivered triplets.
This gives us a YTD total of 329 items. This time last year we were at 298. Well done!
We got a very nice thank you email from Interval House for the scarves I delivered recently and I have forwarded it Sarah for the newsletter (or you can click here to read it). I picked up some kits from Concepts in Yarn if you would like to take one to make a Scarf for Handmade Especially for You. Please follow the instructions in the kit and if possible, bring your completed scarf to our next meeting and I will return them to Concepts in Yarn. Handmade Especially for You will then deliver these scarves to Interval House or other appropriate facility. You may also make scarves for Interval House from your own yarn and be as creative as you desire. Just continue to bring your completed scarves to the meeting and I will see that they reach Interval House.
Please Tell Us What You Donate!
There are many ways of reporting your charity donations:
The Charity Donations thread on the Sliptstitchers’ Ravelry group; the donations sheet at the meeting; Email firstname.lastname@example.org. When I record your donations from the Ravelry group I will acknowledge it. So if I don’t acknowledge it you know it has not been recorded. I just check this site once a month usually 1-2 days before our meeting. It helps if you start your entry with “Charity Donation” so it will get my attention.
In 2016, 1405 items were given to charity by our members
In 2015, 2215 items were given to 36 charities.
In 2014, 1155 items were given to 33 charities.
In 2013, 929 items were donated
to 21 charities.
Our generous members have been donating for many years. In the years before 2013, the guild has donated around 1000 items or more each year (the guild also only had about half as many members as we have today!)
For more information about the charities listed, contact the person noted or Cathy at the email above.
Charities we support:
Alamitos Bay Yarn Company Charity - contact ABYC
Animal Charities - contact Toni S.
Blankets of Love South Bay - Contact Cindy S.
C.A.S.E.- at Joslyn Center
Culver City Seniors - contact Patti I.
Foster Care Children's Project - contact Linda J.
Garden Grove Hospital - contact Peggy B.
Handmade Especially for You- Interval House - contact Rennee H.
Hats for Syria - For Syrian refugees in Jordan
Haven House, Pasadena - contact Annette @ The Knitting Tree
Hooks and Needles for Charity - contact Peggy B.
Irvine Sr. Citizens
Kaiser Hospital - Contact Charlene Kirkland
Knots of Love
Mar Vista Library - contact Joan W.
New Horizons--knitted items for children in Pakistan-contact Elayne Alexander
Orthopedic Institute for Children
Precious Life - contact Renee H.
Saddleback Women's Wellness Center
San Francisco Cancer Fertility Clinic - contact Ellen B.
St. Margaret Mary Church
Sunnyside Nursing Home
Syrian Knitters - contact Patti I.
Unitarian Church - contact Helen B.
The Vineyard Homeless - contact Cathy S.
Women's Wellness Center of O.C. - contact Charlene Kirkland
Wyoming School Children
*links to web sites provided when available
One of our members, Cyndi S. would like us to know about her new charity, Blankets of Love, South Bay. Their cause is making newborn baby blankets for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. For more information, you can check out their website here.
At a previous meeting Monica asked if there was a need for fingerless gloves for patients receiving chemotherapy. Certain chemo drugs can cause an extreme sensitivity to cold. I discussed this with the nurses in the Oncology unit at Kaiser South Bay ( Harbor City ) and you will be pleased to know that they would be absolutely delighted to have some to give to their patients. If you are interested in participating please use a soft, machine washable yarn and bring your contributions to one of our meetings.
El Segundo, CA