Comfort Scarves has been blessed by many groups who have donated to us. These are charity knitting groups who donate to so many groups. Following are these groups and information about their charity knitting projects. Web sites, Ravelry information and Face Book status are provided if available. To view the Ravelry groups just create a user name and password to log in - the site is free with members and groups world wide - something for everyone. You are able to search for the groups listed here to obtain more information about their mission.
Helping Kids at Hopkins
Ravelry Face Book
This group collects handmade items for kids and families at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital. 2011 donations have included blankets for the kids, hats for the NICU infants, Chemo Caps for the Kids, Halloween Hats for the kids in oncology. Follow them on Ravelry for the list of 2012 projects. Group founder, Holli Anne has been a steady contributor to Comfort Scarves and we have donated hats for NICU infants.
Sharing Our Gifts
Sharing Our Gifts is about giving back and giving to others. Begun in September 2009, they have embarked upon a 50 states in (roughly) 50 months project. One charitable cause is chosen in each of the 50 states monthly for donations of handmade items. Comfort Scarves along with Annie's Gifts (Philadelphia) were chosen as the recipients in May which resulted in 72 scarves donated. Currently they are collecting fingerless mitts for teenage girls in Florence, AL as part of The Empty Stocking project.
Central Ohio Binky Patrol
A binky is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted, quilted or no-sew tied fleece. They can range in size from 36" X 36" up to 65" X 90". All patterns and materials are acceptable as long as they are soft, washable and can make it through the dryer on high heat. Founded in 2010 by Lisa Woodruff, Central Ohio Binky Patrol donates to children in foster care in central Ohio. Lisa has donated scarves to Comfort Scarves and published a section on our group on her web site. We have received 17 comfort scarves from Lisa's volunteers.
Lisa also collected hats for The Snowball Express, a national organization that holds a party in December for the children of fallen military heroes, with 1600 people in attendance in 2010. Comfort Scarves donated 23 hats to this project and Lisa reached her goal of 600 hats in September. This month she received an urgent SOS for 300 more hats due to an overwhelming response from the families. If you are able to make a hat please mail to: Susie Tischendorf, 5351 Cattlebaron Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76108. This is such a worthwhile project as it serves children who have lost a parent while protecting our country.
Halos of Hope
Provide hats nationwide for all ages, all genders going though chemotherapy. Earlier this year they received several scarves which they were not able to use thus found us on Ravelry and donated 15 scarves to Comfort Scarves. Hand knit or crocheted hats may be mailed to: Halos of Hope, PO Box 1998, Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1998
Project Knit Wits,
Ravelry search under 'people' for lynnknitwit to read her posts and all about the amazing work this woman is doing with cancer patients in long term chemo/radiation therapy.
Knit Wits, located at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Tampa, FL, was founded six years ago by Pittsburgh native, Lynn Zuckermann. She teaches knitting Tuesday nights to cancer patients at the Lodge for long term care. Their first and favorite project is a scarf knit on big needles with Lion Brand Fancy Fur as the yarn knits up fast and makes a fun scarf. This group of generous folks donated 15 scarves to Comfort Scarves this year and has received donations of Fancy Fur from us. This year Lion Brand discontinued Fancy Fur yarn thus the search is on to help this group locate more. The yarn is available searching on Google, etc thus if you would like to help them by buying some please mail to: Project Knitwits, ACS Lodge, 12810 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.