Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sharing Our Gifts Across America

If you have been keeping up with my sister blog, Sharing Our Gifts, you might know that project 1 ended today, and I will now be needing participants for project #2, which launches today. If you are not participating, would you kindly stumble my post and/or share with others who might be interested? Thanks!

PROJECT #2: ALASKA
Our 50 states tour continues in the beautiful and remote state of Alaska. We will be making hats and mittens for women and children at the Lee Shore Center in Kenai, Alaska. Here is the web site for you: http://www.alaska.net/~leeshore/

The Lee Shore Center provides a safe haven for women and children escaping from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Their mission is to empower and support women and children, educate the public on these issues, and strive to eliminate domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The facility is a 32 bed facility, but due to privacy concerns, the facility does not divulge how many are in residence at any one time. There are adult women, as well as children (both male and female) from birth to 18 years of age. There are often more children in residence than adult women. Over the past year, there have been more infants and toddlers than at other times. This means hats and mittens of all sizes will be appreciated.

These hats and mittens can be knitted, crocheted, or sewn. The key is that they must be handmade. As stated in our first project, if you do not knit, crochet, or sew, you can still donate by purchasing handmade items from someone (Etsy, Artfire, and 1000 Markets offer these), or asking a friend to create the donation for you. We had a participant from our first project ask a friend to crochet a hat, then this participant would pay the shipping cost, and in that way they became tandem participants.

Deadline to have these received by the project coordinator is November 25, so please allow appropriate mail time. These will be delivered to the center on December 1, so they will be there in time for the Christmas holiday.

Our volunteer coordinator for this project is Purplemoose on Ravelry. Donations can be mailed to:

Barbara Waters - 311 Kulila Pl. - Kenai, AK 99611

The LeeShore Center is a non-profit agency - so, if you would like a donation receipt, you will need to provide your name and mailing address along with a dollar figure for the receipt. If no dollar figure is provided only a thank you letter can be sent.

Please let me know if there are any questions, or if I have left out any vital information for this project. Thank you again for your participation!

[1]: http://www.alaska.net/~leeshore/
[2]: http://www.ravelry.com/people/purplemoose

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1 comment:

Margaret said...

Great site and wonderful work that you are doing.
Thanks for sharing.