I try to stay on top of the news around the world that’s happening in regards to crochet. I’m curious about it. I like to know what other people are doing with crochet. One of the types of news that comes up a lot is stories about crocheting for a cause. This is a great thing. It allows you to take your hobby and turn it into something that helps other people in some way. A group of five elderly women in Iowa provide a great example of how small groups of people can make a big difference in the world using their crochet.
The Globe Gazette reports that five women living together in The Evergreen Senior Living community decided to work together to crochet for charity. They only meet formally once per month but they work on their own projects together and independently on a much more frequent basis. In the four months since they’ve been known as The Evergreen Crochet Club, the women have done a lot:
- They made approximately forty hats and donated them to Warm Up America. This is a non profit organization that distributes the hats to newborns in need around the world.
- They are almost done making approximately forty more hats for newborns. These are being donated to the St. Marys Hospital in Rochester in Minnesota.
- They are also making hats for Cally Neiss’ cancer bags. These bags are used for cancer patients at Mercy Cancer Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
- They have crocheted blocks to be used in afghans. They finished one afghan already and sent it to the Crisis Intervention Center in mason City. They are working on additional afghans.
- At least one member has been working on mittens which are being donated to a couple of different local spots including a homeless shelter.
That’s a lot of work from a few little old ladies! They’re doing a great job helping out their community as well as others in the wider world. Surely it helps them out as well, giving them something to do in their community together while forming important friendships with one another.
Do you know of any great crochet for charity groups?
Note: photo is from The Globe Gazette, linked to above