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WCKG Charity Program

Over the years, Windy City Knitting Guild members have been generous of their time andCharity knits talents as they knit for charitable organizations. They have knit, crocheted, sewn, and quilted for babies, children, young adults, the elderly, our military, and yes, for animals too. If you are looking to combine your love of knitting (and other crafts) with the satisfaction of giving to others in need, please consider knitting for charity.

The Year of the Child is the charity theme for 2014. Each month beginning in February we will feature a free pattern in our newsletter and on our website for charity knitting. Charitable donations can be brought to any guild meeting or function throughout the year. At each meeting we will have labels available for you to tag your items with fiber content and washing instructions. (You can find at template to make your own labels on the Charity Knitting Pattern page.)

Our annual charity meeting is held the third Tuesday in August. We devote the evening to the current year’s charity organizations and members show what they have created throughout the year.

Each year the Windy City Knitting Guild board and its members select local and other organizations that are in need of hand-made items. If you have an organization which collects knitted or hand-made items and want to share this information with the Guild, please contact our Charity Coordinator, Sharon Kurth at opwe_projectlinus@yahoo.com. Include the organization’s name and purpose, a website link (if available), and what types of items they are collecting.

In 2013, together with Project Linus, the Windy City Knitting Guild donated knitted items to the Chicago Child Care Society. In December Sharon received this letter.

Dear Sharon,

On behalf of the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS), thank you for your continuous support of the children and families we serve.

What a difference your donations make in the lives of our clients and their families. Your gifts of beautiful blankets and sweaters, hats and scarves are items that, for most of us, are things that we can reasonably afford to purchase on our own children, but for our clients, this comes at a significant cost.

For several years now Project Linus has been so thoughtful and generous to our agency. You have brightened the holiday season for our families and have provided them with extra warmth and comfort and for that – we are truly thankful!

Happy holidays,

Erin White

Development Director

Charitable Organizations

Forefront Stitchers at the University of Chicago
Project Linus Blankets
Halos of Hope
The Ships Project

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