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 Jan. 2017
The New Year is off to a great start with the clickity-click of our needles. Since our last report, we have donated 144 items to at least 12 different charities. This includes 11 baby blankets, 61 baby hats, 15 hats including chemo caps, 26 scarves and cowls, 9 dog blankets, 2 pairs of hand warmers / mittens, 10 knitted knockers, 1 owl, 7 bears and 2 miscellaneous items. This gives us a YTD total of 144 items which is definitely a great start. You may be interested to know that Mama Bear gave birth to a total of 31 adorable cubs in 2016 with the last 7 credited in 2017.
Keep up the great work with the scarves for Interval House. Just bring your donations to the meeting and I will see that they reach Interval House.
I hope to have more information about scarf kits for our next meeting.
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.
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