Charity

“The only thing better than being creative is being kind to each other.

The good news is, you can do both!”

Benjamin Levisay, XRX/Knitter’s Magazine

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Looking for something to knit?

The Violence Against Women and/or Inn Out of the Cold shelter are in need something to keep feet warm indoors this winter!!!

Are you up for the next challenge? Cosy slippers for adult women, men and children.

Thanks so much for your support.

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Supporting cancer reasearch, customer, J.J. Waugh, has created the pattern for Mrs. Bunny Rabbit. This tea cozy is dressed in red and ready to keep your Christmas teapot warm, whilst adding a whimsical decorating touch to your kitchen or dining room. The tea cozy will fit a medium teapot and is somewhat flexible in fit. The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry but she would appreciate donations to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research in exchange. Find the pattern here and visit her charitable donation page here.

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In October, 2016, we asked for your help in providing socks to warm local feet this winter. Thanks for donating to our Socktober Sock Drive for Inn Out of the Cold. We donated a bag of cozy (store-bought and handknitted) warmth the first week of November.

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Customer Cindy Pandke and friends are now famous! Reader’s Digest wrote an article about their Twiddle Muff program in the December issue. Since April, 2015, the group has either made, or inspired others to make, over 525 “therapeutic hand muffs for dementia.” Well done, ladies, and thank you to all who have donated to this cause. We are happy to take donations at the shop and Cindy will pick them up. Follow the links in our blog for instructions to knit or crochet these much-needed muffs.

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P.U.R.P.L.E. Hats for Newborns – Thank you, knitters and crocheters!  Because of you, we were able to deliver 43 adorable purple hats to LHSC on October 31, 2015 to support their efforts in preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome.  It was fun to see the little touches you made to these tiny articles to make them extra-appealing to parents.  The purple hats are a reminder, and hopefully a calming influence on frustrated parents, that it is normal for babies to cry for long periods.

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Our 2015 mitten campaign has now been completed.

Mitten Challenge WinnersMitten Challenge – We’re very proud of our knitting community!!!  Thank you for your generosity!  Over 75 pairs of mittens were donated and delivered to Violence Against Women Services Elgin County on October 31, 2015.  Over $158 was donated through the sale of our “Classic DK Mitten” pattern in the shop and on Ravelry and 17 pairs of mittens were entered in our contest.  Voting took place on our website and in the shop between Oct. 15 and 30. Congratulations and ‘thank you’ to our winners: Cables – Jan|Colourwork – Cathy|“Makes My Heart Sing” – Joanne.

While attending a funding announcement for Violence Against Women’s future new home, I was struck by one of the speaker’s comments: ‘…the number of violent attacks has not decreased in recent years.  Until we can help children in abusive situations develop self-respect, we won’t see the change we are hoping for.”

Since Little Red Mitten had chosen VAW as our focus charity for 2015, I wondered what we could do “to make the change we wish to see in our world”.  Dishcloths are great for moms.  Maybe mittens would be great for the kids …and moms – but not just any mittens!

What if we had a Mitten Contest (with a closing date of Oct. 14 – Norway’s Mitten Day) with voting …and prizes awarded for special donated mittens?  Would our customers make a pair (or more) that would make a child feel special, well-dressed, ‘cool’ and warm all at the same time …and also, loved by their community?

So …we asked if you could create mittens in child to teen sizes, and mom sizes, too.  You made them fun, funky, ‘cool’, appealing, and warm.  Our goal was that they keep hands and hearts warm and you delivered!

 

LRM staff were asked to try their hands at our Classic DK Mitten pattern.  See what we came up with!

Staff Mittens

In the past, we’ve had generous support from our customers for donations to:

Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County.

In 2015, let’s share our hand knitted gifts with those women and children who truly need our support.

When women leave the shelter, these items can really help:

Handmade dishcloths

Slippers, especially larger sizes

Purses, satchels, felted bags, market bags

Mittens, Hats, Scarves, Cowls

Handmade toys

Christmas Ornaments

Afghans

Donations can be dropped off at Little Red Mitten anytime throughout the year.

Our knitters crafted over 120 dishcloths for the Violence Against Women shelter in time for Mother’s Day, 2015!!! Thanks so much for your time and generosity.

 

Past Charity Projects

  • P.U.R.P.L.E. hats for Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness, sent to LHSC – 2013 and 2014 (more than 150 hats in 2014)
  • Mitten Tree – a collection for local children
  • Project Toy Box – hand made toys for children at Violence Against Women, Elgin County (Christmas, 2013)
  • Mittens for a London school in memory of Bev M., a knitter and school helper.
  • Afghan knitting and weaving for Ukrainian Orphans
  • Collection Point for “unloved stash” yarns.  These are donated to seniors’ homes, schools and to knitters and crocheters who make afghans for Ukraine or other charity projects.
  • Inn Out of the Cold – slippers for men in a local homeless shelter
  • Talbot Teen Centre – hats, mitts, scarves
  • Helmet Liners for our Soldiers in Afghanistan
  • Comfort Dolls, Izzy Dolls and Teddies
  • Purple Hats for babies for the “Period of PURPLE Crying”
  • Hats for HIV/AIDS victims in Malawi
  • Pneumonia Vests for Nicaragua