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Crochet for a Cause

The Crochet Twin Cities (CTC) Board has chosen the following projects to support in 2018. The board chose projects that address urgent needs in our community while serving a broad demographic. Plus, they offer the advantage of having no set deadlines. Members can create items at their own pace throughout the year. There is a little something for everyone to become involved in!

  • Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health’s Stitches program: This program provides warm items to help children and families in shelters or clients seeking emergency assistance. Many children arrive at the shelters with just the clothes on their backs because they were removed from their homes without advance notice. Current needs: Hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, bags, slippers and afghans for all ages. Soft toys and loveys for infants and children. Basic household items for adults (scrubbies, dishcloths, face cloths, hot pads, rugs, bath mats, etc.)
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV): Headquartered in Minneapolis, MACV provides support to Minnesota veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other crises. Each year, more than 25,000 veterans contact MACV for help. Learn more about MACV at mac-v.orgCurrent needs: Warm hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. Note: 88% of the veterans they serve are men; 12% are women.
  • Interim HealthCare Hospice: This organization provides compassionate care for people with terminal illnesses. Comfort a patient by crocheting an edging around a soft fleece blanket. (Find some quick and easy edging patterns here.) CTC member Andrew can provide more information or fleece with a pre-punched edge for easy stitching.

Helpful hints for your projects

  • Use acrylic or machine-washable acrylic-blend yarn.
  • Items for babies should be made with soft yarns that are easy on delicate skin.
  • For winter items, use worsted weight yarn or heavier; lighter-weight yarns and lacier patterns may be used for summer or spring items only.  
  • Turn in completed crochet items to Kathy Roderick (or her designated back-up) at any monthly CTC meeting or Saturday meet-up and she will arrange delivery to the crochet cause. Andrew will continue to be the contact for fleece blankets.
  • Every month, names of crocheters who contribute projects will be placed in a drawing for a gift card at the December meeting.

Volunteer Opportunity

Providence Place, a Minneapolis nursing home, has asked for a volunteer (or volunteers) to facilitate a monthly hour-long crochet circle. They feel this would boost residents’ physical and psychological health. CTC is offering this opportunity to anyone interested in getting this started, with the intention of transitioning the crochet circle back to a regular staff member or volunteer at the nursing home after a couple of sessions. Please contact Kathy Roderick if interested. 

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