STITCHES OF HOPE
This congregation is blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements for projects may be found at the churches’ mission drop-off sites. These two months we are focusing on knitting and crocheting projects. Sewers if you are looking for a project, contact Gwen, as we don’t want you to feel left out.
July Project is #HATNOTHATE, a campaign to bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month, which is October. We are partnering with Warm Up America to make blue hats. These can be knitted or crocheted, any style or size (child through adult) and any shade of blue. Hats are needed by Sunday, July 28th. These will be distributed to schools throughout the United States.
August Project is the Red Scarf Project for Foster Care to Success. This program provides care packages and support for those youth who have aged out of foster care/group home and moved on to college. These youths do not typically have the support of calling home to mom and dad. One of the ways Foster Care to Success supports them is through care packages. These scarves should be red, or any shade of this color from burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors or multicolor hues including red. The size should be approximately 60-inches long and 5-8 inches wide. Fringes are optional. Scarves are needed by Sunday, September 8. This will ensure they are included in the Valentine’s care package.
Additional Stitches of Hope Projects
Baby Quilts/Blankets – These may be crocheted, knitted or sewed. Items to be donated to Women’s Choice Network, a local crisis pregnancy center. Any pattern/design is appreciated. Knotted Blankets are also made which are provided to refugees arriving in the Pittsburgh area and/or other programs as requested.
Balaclavas (ski masks) – These may be knitted, crocheted or sewed. Balaclavas will be sent to Lutheran Advocacy for Maritime Ministries or Citizen SAM (our military if made with wool yarn).
Baby Diaper Bags – Sew these diaper bags for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicating to improving health conditions and environmental stewardship in developing countries. These diaper bags are presently being sent to Haiti.
Chemotherapy Hats/Scarves – These hats and scarves may be knitted, crochetted or sewn. Any pattern/design is appreciated. Store-purchased scraves are also OK.
Friendship Bracelets – A variety of patterns are available and again if you have a pattern you already use, that is fine. These bracelets are distributed with some of our in-gatherings as a tangible reminder to let individuals know we are praying and thinking of them.
Leprosy Bandages – These bandages are knitted or crocheted and distributed to refugees within Vietnam through The D.O.V.E. Fund.
“Pillowcase Dresses”/T-Shirt Dresses – These dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa and other programs. Patterns are provided or use a simple sundress pattern. All children sizes OK. Also shorts made out of T-shirts or a simple short pattern are distributed to Little Britches for Boys.
Winter accessories – These are provided to a variety of programs within the area and throughout the states. Any pattern and sizes are OK as they are provided for children through adults.