Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ACK!! Xmas is just around the corner

Now that I have you all in a panic with the heading of this post I thought I would talk about the needs for Xmas.

As usual I still need tons of the mini Xmas stockings!! I got a few in this week (over 80 in fact) which inspired me to sit down and knit another 14m but we are still thousands short so if you have any small bits of wool that are begging to be used up this is the perfect ptoject!  Of course we need toys, toys and more toys. Many of the organisations we deal with have said this Xmas is going to be one of the worst they have seen because of all the need out there. It breaks my heart to think of (especially) kids missing at at Xmas, so if you can knit a toy, buy a toy or find a toy please consider giving it to a needy child.

Each Xmas I try to come up with a special project, something extra I would like to do so that people know that other people care about them. Two years ago we provided xmas lunch for an elderly citizens home. last year we bought some ride along toys for a disabled toddlers house. This year I have thought and thought about the best thing to do and have come up with an idea. Noone has to help with this but in previous years people have asked me why I did not tell them about my xmas project as they would have liked to help so this year I am throwing it out there. If you want to help, you are more than welcome. Now onto my idea lol

I want to make up food hampers for Xmas for the more needy families. Not Xmas food but "normal" food (as in baked beans, spaghetti, tea bags, biscuits etc etc. Staples I think they are called). I would be really excited if we managed to make 50 though of course would love more. There are a couple of ways you can become involved. If you are local to me you can buy something each time you go shopping and save them up and bring them around in November OR Needy Stitches has a bank account (not that there is ever anything much in there) You could put a couple of dollars in the account, along with your name in the description and closer to Xmas I can go out and buy what we need. 

The bank account details are ... Name: Needy Stitches  Bank: Westpac  BSB: 733-179 Account No: 261251. Even donating a couple of dollars can make a difference.

Xmas for us comes around in November. The organisations usually want everything by the end of November so they know what they have and can get it ready for the "Xmas rush"

I have just updated the Donations page and we are at 75,858 items donated so far this year!!!!!  That is so fantastic yet a little sad that so many need things this year. Keep up the great work!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Good Morning!

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