I think that working on the a blog about an Indy Designer, then writing about a charity the next day helps me to find new ways to use my knitting and crocheting for the very best reasons. That's why I am excited to bring you Stitching up the World... one stitch at a time from the Candia Community Women's Club in Candia, New Hampshire.
I found Candia Community Women's Club (CCWC) on Giving Artfully. http://www.givingartfully.com/campaigns/stitching-world-caps-cancer-patients/ (such a great resource for charity crafters!) When I looked up the website listed for Stitching up the World I was really surprised at how many projects they take on. Its quite wonderful! They are always adapting their list of needed items to match the needs of the community, though their main outreach is to make hats, scarves, and lap blankets for those undergoing chemotherapy at the cancer centers surrounding Candia. Let me just quote from Giving Artfully "Our main project is to make caps, scarves and lap blankets for patients undergoing chemotherapy at local Cancer Centers in NH. We have also made caps for 104 Transportation Company, an Army Troop stationed in Afghanistan, caps for New Horizons in Manchester, NH, scarves for the Special Olympics volunteers and athletes, and caps for the VNA of Manchester and Southern NH. Our projects continually change so that we can provide these handmade items to those in need.
We are always looking for new volunteers and new donations for this worthwhile cause." (VNA is the Visiting Nurse Association) However if you look at the website for CCWC you'll see that there are any number of projects listed along the right hand side of the page including pattern links to help you choose an appropriate pattern for their needs. This also allows you to choose a project that suits your abilities and passion. I think what they do is fabulous.
If you visit the CCWC Facebook page you'll find these community minded ladies doing all kinds of great work. I find it so comforting to know that there are women who want to be involved in their community. https://www.facebook.com/Candia-Community-Womans-Club-443449075620/?fref=ts From working with the Cub/Boy Scouts to collect food for the food pantry to benefits for the local library, these very busy ladies do it all! By March of 2015 this group had donated over 10,000 items! So I think it would be really great if some of the Out of the Parc crafters could give them a hand. Don't you?
Interested in donating? Here's the deal head over to Giving Artfully and read the requirements (which include NO wool or wool blend yarns please!) then click the link for the CCWC Stitching up the World web page and take a look at all the projects so you can pick something special to be involved with to help others. Also take a look at the CCWC facebook page, these ladies are amazing and come from all age groups. Its not all what I expected to see. Wonderful group of ladies working together! https://www.facebook.com/Candia-Community-Womans-Club-443449075620/?fref=ts Remember that many of the Indy Designers written about in this blog write patterns specifically for charity so take advantage of the resources at the click of a mouse.
Thank you to the CCWC for all the amazing work they do in New Hampshire and for being willing to include us in their adventures in giving!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.