The purpose of the Service Committee is to distribute yarn and supplies to groups and organizations that knit for charity or promote and teach knitting.
We now have an allotted budget but also receive funds and materials from donations. In addition, the guild as a whole participates in an annual service project with items donated to one or more organizations. Donations we receive are sorted and the appropriate supplies are given to organizations that can make use of them. Donated yarn and needles have also been used for MKG teaching opportunities at Shepherds Harvest, the Minnesota State Fair and the Upper Midwest Alpaca Festival.
The organizations we continued to support in 2012 are MN Visiting Nurse Agency/The Minneapolis Women’s Needlework Club, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Bundles of Love, Edina Senior Center, and Creekside Needleworkers (Bloomington). New organizations this year were Sarah’s Oasis, Salvation Army and the Weaving Program at Light House Transitional Home in Haiti.
In 2012 we donated a total of 513 skeins of yarn.
Bundles of Love: 43 skeins
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly: 43 skeins
Light House Transitional Home: An estimated 50 skeins were mailed
Salvation Army: 35 scarves, 14 hats and 4 sets of fleece hat/scarf/gloves
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly: 5 scarves, 1 shawl, 7 hats, 1 pair fingerless mittens, 1 pair mittens, 1 sweater and 1 toy
Bundles of Love: 5 hats and 6 pairs of socks
Guild members knitted items for two organizations this year. Members had great fun knitting a total of 183 toys which were donated to Hennepin County Medical Center where they are given to children needing surgery or who receive emergency medical treatment. The second MKG service project was to create clothing for youth which will be distributed by the organization Afghans for Afghans. Guild members donated a total of 135 mittens, socks, hats, sweaters and vests.
As in previous years, door prizes were awarded in the middle and end of the year to members who knit items for either service committee project. In addition, StevenBe donated a special prize basket which was given to MKG member Margie Kippley who made 87 items during the first half of the year and a comparable number in the second half. Thank you to all of the guild members who are helping to promote knitting and to help children in Minnesota and Afghanistan who are in need of comfort and warmth.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.