ESSS Charity Report April 2021
Since our last report we have donated 13 items to 3 different charities. This includes 3 baby blankets, 4 prayer shawls, and 6 bears to the Mother Bear Project
This gives us a year to date total of 240 items.
Yarn angels donation night is coming up on Monday April 26. If you have items you would like to donate please contact me. They have requested baby items as the Westwood VA will be hosting a baby shower for military families. Afghans. lap blankets, hats, scarves, in fact anything you have made will find a good home through Yarn Angels. They donate to a variety of local charities, including Rainbow Services, Casa de los Angelitos Maternity Shelter, Flossie Lewis Rehab Center, HUCLA Pediatrics, Westwood VA and Long Beach VA.
Scarf kits for Especially Handmade for You - there are plenty under the table on my porch. Just drop off and pick up whenever it suits you. Remember to follow the directions. There's a camera on the porch so remember to smile and wave!
Last month we helped a newly housed homeless women get started on her afghan. Well, the good news is, another woman in the group wants to make one too. She is looking for pastel colored yarn in acrylic worsted weight. If you can help let me know or just drop your donation on my porch and I'll see that she gets it.
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
Although many charities are closed please keep stockpiling your beautiful creations. There will always be a need for our items.
Remember to let me know what you have made for charity so it can be included in the report. Right now, the easiest way is to post it on Ravelry on the charity donations thread.
In case you aren't sure why we like to support all these great charities, I would like to share a lovely story with a wonderful ending
The Story of the Lucky Slippers
This is a true story
My friend, Toshi, called to tell me her sister had been wondering about all the slippers she has been knitting and giving to me. Did they fit? Did the recipients like them?
Well, I really have no idea. You’ve just gotta take some things on trust. I get tons of knitted and crocheted items that get sorted and passed on to various charities. The main event being the Yarn Angels donation night.
At the last donation night I’d given some of the slippers to the Flossie Lewis Center. As we all know some of those women come off the streets with little more than the clothes on their backs.
Well it’s strange how things have a way of working out and questions get answered. Later today Toshi called to tell me her sister had just been to the 99c store where she saw a woman with a pair of slippers she’d made hanging out of her bag. Naturally she admired them. The woman shared with her that these are her lucky slippers and she will never part with them as the day she was given them she got accepted into a housing program. She is so happy to be off the street and Toshi’s sister is now making more slippers. It closed the loop for her to know that her handiwork is very much appreciated.
I just had to share this with you as I know how much we all care about those in need of housing in our community. Sometimes we wonder what happens the things we make. I guess this is a case of faith in the sole!
Happy New Year.
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.
See the Gallery page (click here) for some charity project photos
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.
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.”
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 2020, 1498 items were given to various charities by our members
(remember this is a year when we were unable to meet in person to give our donations to our wonderful charity reps to pass onto the charities, so while it is down a bit from previous years it is still quite an accomplishment!)
In 2019, 2195 items were given to various charities by our members
In 2018, 1793 items were given to various charities by our members
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!)