Tabitha Tuesday

I’m taking a small break from preparing for my craft show. And I wanted to do a spotlight on a charity.

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Danette LeMaster began God’s Tiny Angles in the fall of 1999. According to her webpage, “two things contributed to the start of God’s Tiny Angels: the gift of crochet and the need to help babies in need.” They distribute handmade items to hospitals across the country.

They have a Yahoo group called godstinyangels.

Check them out!

Hugs from the Heart- Spotlight charity All heart home health & hospice

I don’t know if you have ever watched a person die. I have. I was present during the final days of my grandmother’s life and was with her when she drew her final breaths on this earth. There are a lot of things I can do, but watching someone pass from this life over and over again would not be one of them. But there are people who can. Hospice is a wonderful thing. We all have our own gifts, and the people who work with hospice care are very special! Here is another way to help people with crochet. The hospice workers who came in to help usher my grandmother from this world were wonderful and respectful loving people.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Amy who works with All Heart Home Health & Hospice care and here is my first Tabitha Tuesday Interview.

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What made you want to start Hugs from the heart? It’s something we hadn’t done before. We tried making legacy pillows out of patients’ shirts for the families, but it didn’t really take off, in terms of volunteer involvement. Looking back, I think making an entire pillow was a bit much to ask of individuals, so the next logical step was to ask for pieces of a larger project. It’s an easier project to take on for one person, and from a practical point of view: as a crocheter myself, this is an easy way to use up yarn in my own stash that I don’t have a project for already.

How many blankets have you donated? Oh wow, we’ve given out 13 of them so far!

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How do your patients respond when given a blanket? They are surprised and it tends to mean a lot to them, because total strangers are helping to make these blankets. They do serve a practical purpose, because when the patients don’t feel good, sometimes they feel cold. But the blankets are more than that: they show the patients and their families they aren’t going through this time alone.

What would be one thing that you would want others to know about Hugs? You don’t have to be good at knitting or crocheting in order to take part in this program. If you’re learning one of those skills, send us the squares you aren’t happy with and we’ll put them to good use. Once they are combined with other squares, that’s all that matters.

In your wildest dreams, how would you think Hugs would grow in the next three years? It would be nice if we could continue with the yarn companies sending us donations now and then. We’ve gotten some yarn donated from the corporations that sell it, as well as local individual donations. If we had enough yarn for me to send out to my crocheters so they never had to use their own yarn, that would make me happy.

Is there a website where others could find a way to help/donate? Facebook is probably the best way to go right now. I’m getting ready to write up some more website content, so I’ll need to have our Director of Marketing add a page for our site.

What is the best way to contact you? (email or phone?) Either way, it doesn’t matter. amy@allhearthomehealth.com

How are the blankets squares connected? I learned how to do the join as you go method, which is just a continuation of the standard granny square stitches (a cluster of 3 DC with a SC through the space of the square you’re attaching).

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In what ways can others help? Send yarn that you don’t want but have in your stash. Any kind will work, even eyelash yarn. We’d use that for a fun edging. J You can use multiple yarns for one square: have enough yarn for half a square? Add another color or kind of yarn. They don’t have to match when you get done with them, because once they are all put together, the squares match. Anything that people want to donate can be sent or dropped off at our office in Norfolk.

Anything else you would want to share? I really appreciate anyone who helps out with this program. Like I mentioned, I crochet too, and it’s nice when you meet people that share the same interests and want to help out. This is a mind-numblingly easy project: whip out a square or two while you’re watching tv in the evening. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you see the finished blankets, it becomes a really lovely gift. I wish I could share photos of the patients who receive them (I can’t because of HIPAA), because they always do the same thing: pat them and run their hands over the different types of yarn. Something that simple really does mean a lot to our families.

Crochet Charity – 5 Tips Helpful Tips

It’s Tabitha Tuesday and I wanted to offer some tips about Crocheting for Charity.

1. Make a personal connection. You will be more dedicated to a charity that is close to home. If charity begins at home and home is where the heart is, then charity begins where your heart is.

2. Use a simple pattern. If you are going to say, make 5 hats to donate, then using a pattern that is simple will help you complete them with little effort.

3. Use yarn and skills that you already posses. Removing excuses will help you get your donations finished.

4. Learn a new skill to practice. It might sound a bit like I’m flip-flopping, but some people need to have excuses removed, while others need the motivation of a challenge. When learning a new stitch, it’s nice to practice on a swatch before you begin your project. You might as well make a 8×8 or a 7×9 swatch square and then donate it.

5. Make a template. It is easier when crocheting the same item, like a 8×8 square, to use a sample template to judge the length than pulling out your tape measuere each time.

I hope this helps and maybe make it easier to chrochet something for charity. I’m still collecting chemo cpas and 7×9 sqaures. Please let me know if you can help.

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Update for Knots of Love: Plea for more Sleep Caps

“There is still a huge need for sleep caps. I hear ALL the time how wonderful our sleep caps are. It would help us if you could please print on the outside of your package or envelope SLEEP CAPS INSIDE. This way, when we process/donate/ship caps we will know where to find more sleep caps when we fill the bags. Refer to our yarn list for Sleep Cap required yarns. Thanks!”

Brr, It’s Cold Outside

WUAliberty150x215It’s been cold lately across the country. Here in southern Virginia temperatures dropped down into the teens and I know farther up north temps were below zero in many places. As I was going out to drop off my hubby one morning, I hated the bitter cold. But it made me think: what about those people who were homeless?
I was outside for maybe twenty minutes; I couldn’t imagine huddling outside all night or in a shelter with little to protect me from the cold.

What:
This week for Tabatha Tuesday, I’m focusing on a foundation that’s mission is:”motivating, training and coordinating volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need.”

Who:
According to their website, Warm Up America , has been around since 1991 and began in Wisconsin. A group of women began crocheting and knitting items for those in their neighborhood who were in need. Sounds a lot like Tabitha from Acts9:39, right?

How:
Have some extra yarn? Want to practice a new stitch? Volunteers are asked to donate their time to crochet and knit a 7″ x 9″ rectangle that will be combined with other donated squares to make afghans and lap blankets. The website has directions on how to complete your crochet square.

Why:
Matthew 25: 36- 40. I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

This has always been one of my favorite passages from the Bible, What will you do for the least of these?

Tabitha Tuesdays- Crochet for Charity

Logo_Horizontal_Warming Hearts and Heads (2)Tabitha, also known as Dorcus, is written of in the Bible in Acts 9:36-41. She was a disciple “full of good works and charitable deeds.” (Acts 9:36) When the Apostle Peter was sent for, he came to Joppa and all the widows showed him “the tunics and garments which Dorcus had made.”(Acts 9:39)

If you could crochet for charity, that is a great reason to learn how to crochet. Each week, I’ll focus on a charity that accepts donations, a free pattern to crochet, or a way for people to get involved to help others with our handcrafts.

Crochet for Charity Spotlight: Knots of Love

What:
“Knots of Love’s primary goal is to brighten the lives of those in need with kindness and love.”

Who:
Christine Fabiani began KOL a little over five years ago. To date, KOL has donated 142,389 chemo caps to medical institutions across the county. They do this with people donating handmade hats. On the KOL website they offer a variety of free hat patterns, lists of approved yarns that will be soft enough for the recipients, and locations in many states to drop off your donations.

Why:
I have a personal connection. One of my little friends, Jason who is 6, has to continue his fight with cancer and go through another round of chemo and then have a bone marrow transplant. He wasn’t able to start kindergarten this year and it looks like going to school might not be accessible to him next year either. He loves SpongeBob, so I crocheted him a SpongeBob chemo cap.

How:
In his honor, I’d love to be able to donate 60 chemo caps to KOL. Will you help me? Let me know in my poll. Tweet this to help reach my goal #60caps4Jason.

“She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. “ Proverbs 31:20
So let’s get those hooks moving, ladies!

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