Once again it has been awhile since I have blogged but that doesn't mean I have not been busy! With the onset of winter, and with it being so cold this year, we have an even greater demand for things to keep people warm. How awful must it be to be out on the streets at night with it being so cold and not knowing where you will be sleeping the next night. One thing, or more to the point the most important thing I have learnt in this whole experience of coordinating Needy Stitches are people do what they have to do to survive and people are very generous and want to help when they know how to help.
I have started thinking about Xmas and how much need there is going to be this year so I am busy making the mini xmas stockings. We have a small stash of around 400 BUT we need 5000! If you find you have a small amount of wool leftover from your latest project PLEASE consider making some of these stockings. They only take about 20 minutes to knit and trust me the delight you see on a kids and even an adults face when they receive one it is well worth it! I am also after toys which I am starting to stockpile for xmas so that is my next project. I am aiming for over 100 toys.
We also have the kids camp in January which has 35 kids attending and we are supplying them with a quilt, a stationary pack, a toiletry bag and a toy each.
I have been receiving parcels almost daily and the items usually come in, I unpack them then pack them back up and off they go to an organisation. I have a list of organisations that need beanies, scarves, wrist warmers and the never ending amount of blankets that I am still trying to fulfil but slowly that list is becoming smaller. We are making a small dent in it all but gosh as it grows that dint becomes smaller.
It is not all doom and gloom though. Needy Stitches has grown to over 215 members who are very generous with their time and talents to help with the need out there! So to each and every one of you THANK YOU! None of this would be possible without you