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 Sept. 2016
Our needles are clicking away and you will be pleased to know, since our last report, we have donated 96 items to 8 different charities. This includes the birth of another adorable bear, 1 shawl, 3 blankets, 20 baby and preemie blankets, 13 hats including some very elegant chemo caps, 16 scarves, and 12 dog blankets, 3 washcloths, 2 prs gloves, 25 skeins of yarn. We are at a YTD of 1108 items.
Some charity opportunities:
The American Heart Association just officially announced the return of the Little Hats Big Hearts project. Volunteers from around the country will be joining the American Heart Association in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation to celebrate Heart month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born at participating hospitals.
For project details and patterns visit their website
If you wish to participate you may either bring your red hats to our meetings and give them to me or mail them to Megan French.
The project ends December 31st 2016. Don’t panic if this deadline does not work for you, I will just save the hats for the following year. We don’t need the stress of deadlines!
Thanks to our hard working members we have a head start on this project and have 10 hats already.
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.
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 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.
Alamitos Bay Yarn Company Charity - contact ABYC
Animal Charities - contact Toni S.
Blankets of Love South Bay - Contact Cindy S.
Casa de Los Angeles - Kaiser Permanente
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
El Segundo, CA