ESSS Charity Report January 2020
Since our last report we have donated 209 items to approximately 10 different charities. This includes 4 bears for the Mother Bear Project, 2 cowls, 5 shawls, 39 scarves, 2 hats, 8 blankets, 3 animal blankets, 13 baby blankets, 3 baby bibs, and 130 baby hats.
This gives us a year to date total of 310 items. Well done!
Thank you to our charity reps for all they do to sort and deliver the items to the charities. Please make their jobs easier by ensuring all your loose-ends are worked in and secure and that your donations are clean and fresh smelling. If you are donating items which have been in storage or are using old yarn please launder the items prior to donation. Tags are available for you to tag your items and write in words of encouragement and/ or care instructions. This is an easy way to promote our guild.
There are plenty of kits available for you to make a scarf for Especially Handmade. Just remember to follow the simple instructions.
Our Charity Reps
Most of our members send their donations directly to the charity of their choice. However, we collect for a few charities at our monthly meetings. Each of these charities has their very own member representative (see below for a chart of who collects for which charities) who kindly delivers our beautiful creations to the charity concerned whether I am here or not. A special thank you to these hardworking members. We really appreciate all they do to make sure our donations arrive safely. See table below for list of reps and the charity they are delivering to.
Thank you to you the members for donating such high quality items – well made, nicely finished, laundered if needed and just ready to use. A credit to the guild. We now have tags with the guild logo that you can use to tag the items you make for donation. Feel free to add a few handwritten words of inspiration and first name of the maker. I have the tags available on request, see me at the meeting
Click here for a list of the charities we support. If you have been contributing to a charity that is not listed, let us know so we can add it. Even if you feel your charity or your contribution is small and insignificant it may be an inspiration to others. “Tall oaks from little acorns grow.”
12 inch squares
If you have squares, preferably 12 inch but any size will do you may give those to me for Yarn Angels of South Bay. They support numerous charities including ones for veterans.
Little Hats, Big Hearts program termination
Here is the information we received about the termination of the Little Hats, Big Hearts program (the "red hats" for the Heart Association). This is from an email received by Cathy M from Marissa Fortuno from the American Heart Association:
Thank you for being an integral part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program. For many years, we have been blessed to work with volunteers like you around the country to help babies and moms celebrate American Heart Month in a special way.
I am emailing to inform you that in unison with the safety concerns of physicians and parents, the American Heart Association is ending the Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program, and will no longer be accepting hats. There is a substantial increase in the concern that babies who wear hats indoors have an elevated risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) due to the possibility of overheating. The hats that we currently have will be distributed for the last time to Los Angeles hospitals in February 2020
Though we will no longer be accepting or distributing hats, we value your skills and talents and invite you to continue to create red, hand-crafted baby booties and hand mittens. We will also be collecting knitted hearts to be gifted to members of our heart family such as heart survivors, donors, and those who fundraise for the AHA.
Here are a few sample websites with patterns of the new items we will be accepting:
We want to continue to share our mission of promoting the importance of heart-healthy lives for everyone and appreciate your support by knitting these new items. Thank you and happy holidays!
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.
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.
You can see a list of the the charities that we support here.
In 2017, 1501 items were given to charity by our members
In 2016, 1405 items were given to charity
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 had only about half as many members as we have today!)