Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Community Service Projects

At our last meeting, several members gave us information about community service projects related to crochet. Carla gave us an update on three that she has researched.  Carla is also willing to collect any donations and drop them off to the collection spots for these organizations - just bring the items to a meeting.

  • Local need:  Harriet Tubman Center - Chrysalis, part of the Harriet Tubman domestic abuse shelter for women and children, needs hats, mittens and scarves.  They need all sizes.  They can use these items from October all the way through to the end of March/April.  The CGOA has several patterns to choose from on its website under "Charities".
  • National need: Warm Up America! is collecting 7" x 9" afghan squares to be made into afghans.  The CGOA has patterns on its website under "Charities" for specifics on these squares.  Michael's craft stores has drop-off boxes for any completed squares.
  • Worldwide need:  The Mother Bear Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit or hand-crocheted bears.  One of the drop-off sites is Borealis Yarn Shop in St. Paul.  Carla has the pattern and a yarn kit; please let her know if you are interested in seeing the pattern for this project.

Gail is involved in a non-profit called Bundles of Love that provides basic needs (clothing, bedding, diaper bags) to infants and their families in Minnesota. The crochet pattern area of their website details the items that the group accepts.

Jody let us know that there is a prayer shawl ministy at Prospect Park Methodist Church (where we meet) and that donations of both crocheted and knitted shawls of any type and size are welcome.

One thing to remember when picking out yarn colors:  some of the recipients will be male, so darker or "masculine" colors are appreciated.