Each quarter of the year we focus on a different local charity that we can help. Although items for any of these charities can be given throughout the year.
January, February & March
Our first focus of the year is to make blankets for our local Project Linus. Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of NEW HOMEMADE WASHABLE blankets and lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers. They need sizes for babies (36” x 36”), children (40” x 60”) and teens in cheerful colors. Will you consider making one blanket for a young person in need of some comfort. For more information, check out their website at http://www.projectlinuseasttn.org/.
April, May & June
With spring comes new life and we begin making items for Newborns in Need. This organization collects items to help babies survive the first few months of life. Did you know that in the US there are approximately 2,000 babies born into poverty each day? While you can certainly bring by items that babies need such as diapers, wipes, baby wash, etc, knitted and crocheted items seem to help the most. Perhaps that’s because the parents know that loving hands have given a gift from the heart. Please join us as we help out our local East TN chapter. If you wish to donate other items, their wish list includes: pacifiers, bottles, socks/booties, small toys/rattles/loveys, wipes, Ivory soap, receiving blankets, blankets/quilts (should be minimum of 28”.)
July, August & September
Our next charity focus is making breast prosthesis for women in East TN dealing with breast cancer. We pick the softest, machine washable yarn and make knitted or crochet “knockers” that are given out to patients at no cost. See the patterns on the left. Join us in helping these women find a “new normal” as they deal with the changes in their body.
October, November & December
And our 4th charity focus involves making Caps for Kids in memory of David Ray, Melissa’s sweet little angel. We give them to local schools that have a high rate of kids living below the poverty level. We need several hundred hats each year. Hats must be 19-20” around and 7-8” high in order to properly fit. If the hat will fit you, then it will fit a child. See patterns for simple hats on the left. Won’t you help us by making a couple of hats to bless a child or two at Christmas.