By Kristen Johnson
No child should be without a hat, mittens, and a Christmas stocking. (Sue Manning).
Such is the mission of a wonderful organization called The Knitting Connection, Inc. As an avid charity knitter (with my Church group) I am always happy to report on a fellow charity knitting organization.
What makes The Knitting Connection neat is that it’s all donation-based. They collect donated yarn, bring it to their volunteers, and then donate the completed items to children in need. So, if you’re like me and you buy yarn you think you’ll use (and then don’t for some reason or another) – this is a great way to “get rid of” your yarn for a great cause!
According to the organization’s literature, in the last 5 years alone they have donated over 6,000 handmade items per year to shelters, hospitals, 38 organizations, agencies, and families. Each handmade item is signed by the knitter who crafted it, and then donated during the holiday season.
I am insanely proud of my Church’s knitting group for donating over 250 handmade items in the last year to our local homeless shelter and to our signature charity, Take to the Hills (http://www.taketothehills.org). But, looking at the numbers above, I am inspired to spread the scope of our knitting group and open more chapters!
For more information on The Knitting Connection, their website is: www.theknittingconnection.org. To donate your unused yarn skeins, mail them in to:
The Knitting Connection, Inc.
c/o Sue A. Manning, Executive Director
PO Box 56005
W. Medford MA 02156-0065
As for donating yarn scraps, please let me know in the comments section if you have a wonderful way to use your yarn scraps. I save my scraps for my wonderful friend at Church who takes bits of yarn and crafts them into dolls and slippers for Operation Christmas Child. I haven’t had much luck finding organizations who take “scrap” donations, so ideas are welcome. (I wish I had my friend’s knitting talent for making scraps into beautiful creations!)
Thank you to The Knitting Connection for the wonderful work you do and for inspiring me to work even harder at my own charity knitting. Rest assured, my extra yarn skeins will continue to come your way!
Mark 9:35 (NRSV): 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.
Serve all with love.
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