Thank You to Luanne Pontbriant and Jacquie Lober for helping to sort, write cards and package all the knit and crochet donations to the various shelters and programs we have adopted. We delivered to Help of Ojai, Project Understanding, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Casa Serena and several shelters in Alaska and Canada.
Lots of nice fuzzy, warm knits with lots of love in every stitch!
24 HandMade Prayers become a beautiful Blanket consisting of knitted CareSquares in all shapes and sizes……(yes, all shapes and sizes:-)) and in array of colors and textures. All the squares are crocheted together and finished with a beautiful crocheted trim around the whole blanket enveloping the warmth of all the squares.
The girls at Prototypes Women’s Center knit these prayers and donated the Blanket to Turning Point Foundation for the homeless. In gratitude and wanting to be of service and help someone even less fortunate than themselves.
There is a lot of love in each of these squares, along with the courage it takes for these women to conquer something new, the peace and healing that follows when they fall into a rhythm with their hands and their hearts. The joy and laughter and shared stories that arise when we are in this room together for this one single hour. All this transcends into the square, and then connecting them all together…all the different women, all the different yarns, all the different colors, all the different shapes and sizes……into one Blanket.
Little HandMade Prayers all bundled up together for someone to lay under and feel Safe and Warm.
Here is a beautiful picture of one of the moms at one of the shelters in Alaska, wearing a handknit ear warmer from one of our ladies……and her beautiful baby!
They all so appreciate anything we can do to help keep them warm …… the babies, the children and the moms.
It is still minus 40 degrees there, and will continue to be cold through April, when it slowly starts to warm up.
So if you have a few moments to knit a hat it would go a long way. There is love and warmth in every stitch when you knit with someone or a purpose in mind. It transcends beyond keeping them physically warm……it warms their heart and their soul. Whether they “know” it or not……they will feel it!
I do have yarn for you to knit with if you’d like, and would be happy to get it to you!
Also, I have attached Thank You letters to all of you who have already donated your time and caring from two of the shelters we have provided with hats, scarves, shawls and headbands.
Thank you again so very much!
Here are some of the FABULOUS women belonging to the Tuesday Night “One Stitch at a Time” group at the Ojai Valley Alano Club. We’re all wearing some of the items we have knit for our annual donation to the homeless in our community. It’s a FUN bunch, and how lucky are we to have a place to go to, to belong to. A place we can safely continue our own recovery and healing. A place we can come together and knit, share, laugh……for ourselves, for others and for a higher purpose.
This year is our third annual donation to The Turning Point Foundation serving the growing homeless population in Ventura County and who creates
Positive places of recovery for people disabled by mental illness
We’re also so happy to have knit hats for the cancer patients at Ventura County Hospital – Hematology and Oncology Center. Thank You to the amazing nurses for their endless compassionate work. They surely keep their patients hearts warm, and we can help keep their heads warm:-)
I want to also bring attention to the AMAZING girls at Prototypes Women’s Center in Oxnard where I teach knitting and crocheting every week. They all got together and surprised me with countless knitted and crocheted CareSquares for the blankets and scarves we donate to Turning Point Foundation. Their lives are so full working on getting back on track and back into society in a healthy way again, and yet they feel the need to already give back and be of service to someone even less fortunate than they are. Given the chance and opportunity I think we all innately feel the need to be of service to another, I think it is part of our essence.
To all the women at the Ojai Valley Alano Club and Prototypes Women’s Center
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO
THE WORLD IS A LITTLE WARMER BECAUSE OF YOU