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Each quarter, the Minnesota Knitters' Guild encourages members to knit for a special charity or community service. But we also have ongoing charity projects, and one of them is the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency.
MKG has supported MVNA and its community-outreach programs, such as Club 100 and Adopt-a-Family, for many years. MVNA's public health nurses take knitted items (and other things) with them on visits to needy families in the Twin Cities. In 2003, MVNA nurses made more than 78,000 visits to 12,600 people.
For the first six months in 2004, MKG members contributed approximately 60 knitted items (baby hats, booties, jackets, mittens, and blankets), valued at more than $500, and 105 skeins of yarn, valued at $315.
Some MKG members belong to the "Knitting for Others" group, which meets regularly at the Yarnery (call 651/222-5793 for more information). They donated five infant sweaters to MVNA in April; many used MKG member Jean Christensen's baby sacque pattern. This is another unique and tangible way that Guild members have contributed to the work of this agency.
Items donated to MVNA by community members have a local, direct impact on the health and well-being of needy families right here at home. For more information, go to www.mvna.org, or call 612-617-4658. At each Guild meeting, MKG service committee member Shirley Ungar accepts skeins of yarn or completed baby and toddler clothes for the MVNA. Please check the event calendar for the next guild meeting dates.