Making items for charity is an important part of the North Georgia Knitting Guild. Each year we try to meet or exceed previous goals. Our goal for 2017 is to collect 2100 items for charity!
**WE BLEW PAST OUR GOALS AND COLLECTED 2,655 CHARITY ITEMS IN 2017!!!!**
Thank you to everyone who donated items or prizes!
Current Month’s Chart comparing each year’s goals: Charity Donations Chart January 2018
All charity items are welcome (!!), but if you need help deciding what to knit, we are continuing to emphasize Chemo Hats this month. Our supply of chemo hats remains low and we need as many as possible.
Project kits with patterns and yarn are available at our monthly meetings, but you are welcome to use your own patterns and/or yarns as well. Also, don’t forget that we are having our drawing for really great prizes every other month this year. You can’t win a prize unless you donate an item and put your name in the “hat.” We are especially in need of chemo hats at this time and will have kits available at the monthly meeting. We welcome all items – chemo hats, baby hats, animal blankets, hospice blankets, knitted knockers, twiddle muffs, scarves, hats and mittens/gloves for women, children and men. Please see the list below and any special instructions about the yarns to use.
Preemie Hats – Here is a link to a blog that has a great preemie hat pattern: http://hissystitch.blogspot.com/2009/03/eenie-meenie-minie-moe-lots-of-cute.html
Finger Puppets – This is a Ravelry search for free finger puppet patterns. Ravelry is free to join and use. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#availability=free&craft=knitting&query=finger%20puppets&view=captioned_thumbs&sort=best
Knitted Knockers – Kits are available at NGKG meetings. Once we have a substantial number available, we will be sending them to Yarn Junkees or Strings & Stitches for distribution to women in Georgia. Depending on the size knocker you make, you can get 3 to 5 knockers out of each Cascade kit. If you want to provide your own yarn, the charity specifically asks that Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton be used as it provides the best softness and suppleness. However, we are also trying out the new Cobasi DK yarn.
Knit “Red” – Although the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign distributes the baby hats during the month of February, we can knit red hats all year in preparation for the February 2017 campaign. We’ll remind you when we really need to rev up the red hats in 2016. The American Heart Association provides a red hat for every baby born in the month of February (Heart Month) to bring awareness to congenital heart defects – the most common type of birth defect in the USA. We need newborn size hats for this campaign. We will have some kits available throughout the year.
Knit “Purple,” too – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) collects purple baby hats and distributes them to various hospitals in the Metro Area, including Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton. Baby hats in any shade of purple are needed. You can mix any other color with the purple – the hat just needs to be at least 50% purple. More information about this project can be found at http://www.clickforbabies.org. We have baby hat kits available in various shades of purple.
Happy Caps (NEW) – We were recently contacted by the local charity Happy Caps. This charity provides handmade hats to people suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatment or any medical condition. Kathy DeJoseph, a local cancer survivor, founded the charity. She was given a hat when she arrived for chemo and she never forgot the kindness. As a result, she started Happy Caps to serve patients primarily in Northwest metro Atlanta area. We will be adding Happy Caps to our list of charities and are excited to be working with them. You can find more information about Happy Caps at their website –www.happycapsatlanta.org.
The charities listed below truly appreciate our efforts, as do the recipients of our
Must Ministries (Cherokee County) – Any knitted items for women, children, or men. Note: must use washable, easy-care yarn.
Georgia Cancer Specialists (Various Locations) – Chemo hats for women. Note: must be very soft and washable.
Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)- Chemo hats for children. Also, purple hats for Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness. Note: must be very soft and washable.
Cherokee County Animal Shelter – Blankets for cats and dogs. Approximate sizes: 14”x 14”; 24”x 24”; 36”x 36”. Note: inexpensive durable acrylic yarn is great for this project.
Cobb County Humane Society – Blankets for cats and dogs. Approximate sizes: 14”x 14”; 24”x 24”; 36”x 36”. Note: inexpensive durable acrylic yarn is great for this project.
Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA) and West Cobb Hospital – Children’s blankets, any size. Note: must be soft and easy-care yarn.
Area High Schools and Middle Schools “Rainbow Club” – Scarves, hats, mittens for girls.
Woodstock Community Church –Any knitted items for women, children, or men.
West Cobb Hospital – in need of baby hats/caps.
American Heart Association, Marietta – Red baby hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign.
Happy Caps – Chemo caps of various sizes. http://www.happycapsatlanta.org
Knitted Knockers Charities, Inc. – knitted prosthesis for mastectomy patients. Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton yarn should be used for Knitted Knockers. http://www.knittedknockers.info/.