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 Dec. 2016
Our needles have taken on a life of their own! Since our last report, we have donated 118 items to at least 10 different charities. This includes 24 baby / preemie blankets, 30 baby / preemie hats, 1 baby sweater, 21 hats, 19 scarves, 1 prayer shawl, 18 dog/animal blankets, and 4 pairs of fingerless gloves. This gives us a YTD total of 1405 items. An absolutely amazing effort! Congratulations.
Some charity opportunities:
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.
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, Director, Corporate Engagement, WPG. American Heart Association, 816 Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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!
Elaine and I attended the open house at Casa de los Angelitos, the shelter for pregnant women in distress. We enjoyed our tour and meeting the staff. Their new computer room / learning center is beautiful - a great improvement over having classes in the kitchen.
His Nesting Place 33rd Annual Open House Saturday December 10, 2016 10am -3pm. Refreshments served! Address 350E Market St, Long Beach. CA 90805
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.
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