Our Knitters & Stitchers group is getting a reputation it seems! It’s a good one though.

Here is one story we experienced recently. A woman named Debbie does the collections for Salem United Methodist. She is already on our list for this year’s distributions and will be picking up a box of donations on the 14th. She said she takes them to schools.

Because we add tags with “Prairiewoods Knitters & Stitchers,” a second woman at Salem called the Prairiewoods office requesting children’s mittens, hats, and scarves for Kenwood School. She remembered the tags last year. Sheryl is part of the Kenwood Neighborhood Association. Well over half of the pupils there qualify for free lunches and she is acting on their behalf.

Getting requests is great for us. We pack up our yearly items in November and distribute them to many local places. This includes Olivet Neighborhood Missions, Homeless Veterans, Mission of Hope, Young Parents’ Network, and HACAP.

We have given to many other groups over the years and it seems to vary each year. We have also given monetary donations to food banks, weekend backpack programs (now through HACAP), SPRINT (a Wellington Heights program), as well as Prairiewoods. This money is from the profits of the Holiday Bazaar.

We appreciate the use of a beautiful, peaceful location. The notices in your newsletter have been appreciated because they bring in many new knitters plus an overwhelming amount of donated yarn. All of our items are made from these supplies.

Thank you, Prairiewoods, for taking us under your wing. We have made many new friends, shared tips, taught techniques to beginners, and created a supportive group of companions.

—Diane Olsen, Prairiewoods Knitters and Stitchers

Posted Nov. 21, 2017