Thursday, February 12, 2015

Project (2) #6: New Mexico, Barrett Foundation



This project runs from February 1 (sorry, posted here a bit late!) to March 15, 2015.

Our items will go to the Barrett House Shelter for women and children. The shelter houses about 40 women and their kids at a time. They also offer other housing programs such as transitional housing from the shelter to an apartment of their own.

It was founded in 1985 as an emergency shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness. Clients also receive life skills training in parenting, financial literacy, stress and time management, and career development. They receive assistance and information regarding health care, childcare, employment, substance abuse treatment, and mental health care.

The shelter is interested in whatever we want to knit/crochet, including:
Hats
Scarves
Mittens
Dishcloths
Pretty shawls/shawlettes


These can be knitted/crocheted in any washable fiber in sizes for adult women, and for children up to 18 yrs old.

Items should be mailed to:
K. Connors
PO Box 36072
Albuquerque, NM 87176

Please remember to attach our Sharing Our Gifts tag to each item sent. Happy Creating! Photobucket

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sharing Our Gifts Printable Tags

I previously had the Sharing Our Gifts tags linked in my sidebar, but for some reason, the "Gadget" has malfunctioned. Here is the link to the Sharing Our Gifts Tags They are a Google Doc, so you may have to be logged in with a Google account to view them. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you! Photobucket

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Round 2, Project #5: North Dakota, One Nation Walking Together

I have let this Blog go for quite some time because our charity group is mostly active on Ravelry.com, however, perhaps some of you are not active on Ravelry. I have decided to try to keep this Blog updated again with our projects each month.

We met our first goal of reaching all 50 states in July of 2014! We had a month of rest in August, and we began round 2 in September. We are now on projects 5 & 6. For round 2, we are still doing a new project each month, but we are making the projects run for 6 weeks instead of four, so there will always be two projects overlapping. As I can, I will also publish updates that are back dated to each of the previous projects that was not shared here. (This will include 39-51 of round one.)

So, for Project #5: This project is for North Dakota - One Nation Walking Together, and will run from January 1, 2015 to February 15, 2015. We will be making: Hats, mittens, cowls, shawls, blankets, and socks.

 Fibers: Wool, acrylic, cotton, or other soft fibers. If wool, mark it as wool so if someone can’t wear wool, they will select something else. Also, washcloths and pot holders are happily accepted, as One Nation tries to pack some in every box of household goods that it sends. These items should be made of cotton .

The guidelines are: No solid bright red or blue as those are gang colors. Just add a stripe of a different color and then it will be fine. Also, NO OWL motifs as owls signify death in the Native culture.

Please tag your items with a Sharing Our Gifts tag so One Nation will know who sent these items and where to direct them.

Mail to: One Nation Walking Together
150 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80907



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Monday, March 18, 2013

Project #38: North Carolina, From Ewe to You

From March 15 to April 15, 2013, we will be creating items for those who need them in North Carolina.

This month, we are partnering with Hannah Moyles of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Hannah started From Ewe to You and delivers items to various agencies in her area, including rescue mission and shelters.

What they need:

9”x9” crocheted/knitted squares (which will later be joined into blankets)
afghans
scarves
hats
mittens
booties

All sizes (men, women, children).

Where to mail:
Hannah Moyles
5609 Thornburg Drive
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

Hannah has agreed to keep a count for us, so please remember to tag your items with the Sharing Our Gifts tag. Happy Creating!

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Project #37: Arkansas, Warming Families

It is time to spread the warmth to the state of Arkansas. From February 15 to March 15, we will be making items for the Compassion Center: Hats and scarves. Sweaters and sweater vests would also be appreciated, but not required for this project. All sizes are needed. Dark colors preferred. Most of the people receiving items live on the streets and in the woods, so items that don’t need special laundry care are best. This means that the best fibers for these items will be acrylic, acrylic blends, and super wash wool. If an abundance of children’s sizes are received, some might be held back for later in the year for their Christmas party. Last year, they had over 300 children for the party, and were happy to have the warm clothing. If other items such as lap throws, afghans, and shawls are donated, there are other local locations that could use those also. I am told the the only thing that they don’t have a use for is mittens and gloves. This project has officially ended, but items are always accepted. Email me for mailing information if you wish to contribute. Please remember to tag items with the Sharing Our Gifts tag. Thank you for participating! Happy Creating! Photobucket

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Project #36: Nebraska, Hats For Hope

This project officially runs from Jan. 15, 2013 to Feb. 15, 2013 (I am posting early so you can begin early if you like…)

 This month, we are joining with Nebraska Hats for Hope initiative. From their group: “The inspiration for this group stems from Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative located in Morristown, New Jersey. Emily’s Hats For Hope Initiative is an organization that was founded by a 17 year old from New Jersey. This is how Emily wanted her project to evolve. She wanted her concept to be duplicated by people all over the world so that more people could benefit from a warm hat, mittens, gloves, scarf or afghan. Emily set out to show the world that teens can make a difference in the world.”

So, for this project, we will be making items for the VA Hospital in southern midtown Omaha, which serves over 200 homeless vets year-round, providing them with a place to do laundry, receive a hot meal, as well as receive other services as needed. They are always in need of warm WASHABLE hats for the vets.

For this challenge, there are just a few things to keep in mind: Please use acrylic yarns that are washer/dryer safe. Most of these vets are men, so gender-neutral colors are preferred.

You can mail items to: Nebraska Hats For Hope Initiative PO Box 6093 Omaha, NE 68106 - 6093 Please remember to attach the Sharing Our Gifts tag to each item sent. You can find them in the top left sidebar where it says: Printable Tags to attach to donations.

Happy creating!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. I was remiss in keeping this blog updated for a majority of 2012, so I have now updated all the monthly project threads that were missing. I plan to be more diligent this year.

This blog lists project information, but it is not the main site for the Gifts Across America: 50 Projects for 50 States effort. The main activity takes place in our forum on Ravelry.com. If you are a knitter/crocheter and you haven't yet joined Ravelry, I highly recommend joining. It is free. You can find us there. You can find more knitters and crocheters, and even spinners and designers there. You can find all manner of discussion there.

As we move into 2013, we will be working first on Project #36: Nebraska. This means that we are getting closer and closer to completing our first tour of these United States of America. We will be on target to complete Project #50 in 2014. We have yet to visit: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

I hope you will continue with us on this journey.  It has been a wonderful ride so far.  If you haven't yet worked on one of our monthly projects, hop aboard and have a seat.  Needles and yarn at the ready...

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