FEATURED CHARITIES - SUMMER 2019
MAINE CHILDREN’S HOME
Want to knit a quick project? How about a pair of mittens? Each year, the MCH Christmas Program distributes boxes of gifts and clothing (new toys, books, games, warm clothing) to more than 1,700 economically disadvantaged boys and girls throughout the state of Maine. The only program of its kind in Maine, they attempt to provide each child with 2 pair of hand-made mittens. They prefer solid-color mittens so they can match these up easily with the often multi-colored hats they receive. There is a summer-time push to get at least 300 pair of mittens “in the bank,” so please lend a hand (no pun intended). They especially need boy colors this year, any size. Actual boxing starts in October for the Christmas Program, so the earlier they arrive, the better. For more info, the MCH website is https://www.mainechildrenshome.org/programs/christmas-program.
Mittens may be mailed to:
Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, Christmas Boxes, 93 Silver Street, Waterville, ME 04901
The Reuben Project
The Reuben Project is a charitable group interested in handcrafting warm, comfortable, and colorful items for the unhoused community in the metropolitan Portland, OR area. They accept hand-knit and crocheted hats and scarves (and gloves and socks) year-round. Although it is sometimes hard to think about winter now when it is hot outside, there are over 4,000 unsheltered persons living in that area who are probably dreading the return of cold, damp weather. From an original donation of 10 hats in early 2016, this group has now distributed over 1,000 hats just three years later. For the story on how this all started, see https://thereubenproject.wordpress.com/reubens-story/.
Load up some string on your sticks and make a warm hat or several as quick summer projects. I recently completed the pictured hat from a) leftover part-skein of off-white and b) ball of mutli-colored browns gifted me. By knitting these wools held together, it resulted in a dense, marled hat that is very soft to the skin and will certainly help keep a head warm in the wet, northwest climate.
Hats may be mailed to:
The Reuben Project, 4748 North Girard St., Portland, OR 97203
FOREVER WARM \ PROJECT ROBBY
The following two charities are somber in nature but so important to consider. As the parent of a child who died in 1988 at age 14, I continue to treasure the keepsakes I have of her life. The only keepsake a parent of a stillborn infant or baby who died shortly after birth may be the blanket you choose to lovingly make and donate to such a cause as these two below. Both charities have websites with full information about what they can accept as knitted/crocheted donations and where to send them.
The mission of FOREVER WARM is to provide parents of stillborn children with an 18”x18” square blanket for preemies up to 37”x37” for full term, that they can wrap their children in for pictures and/or burial. Parents are also given the choice to keep the blanket as a personal keepsake to remember their child. For more info, please review their website, http://www.foreverwarm.org/
The mission of PROJECT ROBBY “is to give parents who have lost a baby something special to hold onto when they are no longer able to hold their baby. All babies are special no matter how tiny, premature, or short their life here on Earth.” From their website https://projectrobby.com, I learned that their goal is to supply grieving families with a bereavement set (hat/blanket/angel wing) that is the appropriate size of their angel baby. They also have a Facebook page solely for persons who have donated hand-knit and/or hand-crocheted items.