The purpose of the Service Committee is to distribute yarn and supplies to groups and organizations that knit for charity or promote and teach knitting. The Service Committee has an allotted budget and also receives funds and materials from donations. In addition, the guild as a whole participates in an annual service project with items donated to one or more organizations.
Donations of yarn and knitting supplies are sorted and given to appropriate organizations. Donated yarn and needles have also been used for MKG teaching opportunities at Shepherds Harvest, the Minnesota State Fair and the Upper Midwest Alpaca Festival.
The organizations we continued to support in 2013 were MN Visiting Nurse Agency/The Minneapolis Women’s Needlework Club, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, Bundles of Love, Sarah’s Oasis, Edina Senior Center and Creekside Needleworkers (Bloomington).
In 2013, we donated a total of 508 individual skeins and 14.75 pounds of yarn.
Bundles of Love: 37 skeins and 3.75 lbs of yarn
Little Brothers–Friends of the Elderly: 42 skeins & 1.75 lbs of yarn
Edina Senior Center: 39 skeins and 2.75 lbs of yarn
Creekside Needleworkers: 50 skeins and 3 lbs of yarn
Sarah’s Oasis: 94 skeins and 3.5 lbs of yarn, 48 pairs of knitting needles
Three organizations benefited from our 2013 service project: Click for Babies: Prevent Infant Abuse: The purpose of this organization is to help caregivers cope with crying without shaking or abusing babies. Members made 105 hats for donation.
Bundles of Love: this organization provides clothing and basic necessities for infants whose parents are unable to provide them. Members made a total of 206 hats, 22 sweaters, 13 booties, 9 blankets, 5 pairs of socks, 2 stuffed toys and 1 wash blanket with wash cloth.
Children’s Hospitals & the Amplatz Chil-dren’s Hospital: Amplatz has the premier unit for premature infants in the Twin Cities and handles challenging cases. Members made a total of 158 preemie hats and 5 pairs mittens.
In addition, the following items were donated to Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly: 8 scarves, 1 capelet, 8 hats, 4 sweaters, 1 pair of fingerless mittens, and 1 pair of mittens.
As participation incentive, members received one entry in a prize drawing for each item they donate. Winners were announced and prizes awarded semi-annually. The winners in July were Joyce Kunze and Sandra Merrill; in January the winners were Jan Brunell and Jennifer Presnell. At the January meeting, a special prize was presented to Cheryl Juhl who knitted over 100 items the second half of the year. MKG gives a special thanks to Chris Rieffer, owner of Linden Yarn & Textiles. She donated 121 skeins of yarn to our members for use in the 2013 service projects.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.