Queensland Flood Disaster Support
Knit4Charities Inc volunteers/members are working together to make and collect items for flood affected people in Rockhampton and Theodore areas.
We have members in those areas who are in direct contact with needy people so our donations will go directly to families in need.
If you would like to help please contact me preferably via email [email protected] so that I can send you the delivery details.
We have a sister group in Brisbane who will be giving their support to those area in and around the city that have been totally devastated. There is a website where you can register ways you can offer help both accommodation and items... http://www.queenslandfloodvictimsupport.com.au
So far we have left the choice of items to donate to our volunteers/members until we can get some sort of list from those affected. We would like to concentrate on some 'special' items to make people feel good. Some of the suggest so far are.....
Toiletry Bags with toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrush, comb, hair ties, deodorant, face washer, soap, mosquito repellent - for Men, Women and Children
Toys - soft cuddly toys of all description
Pamper packs - items of make-up, moistouriser, sanitary pads/tampons, small item of jewellery etc.
Library Bags for School Children - school items.
Household items like knit/crochet top kitchen towels, place mats, dishcloths, cleaning products, air freshener
A nice colourful rug/blanket - knee rug for the elderly - pillow cases especially for children.
Rugs for animals also have been requested by our contact at the Rockhampton RSPCA
The list is endless really.
I believe there has been huge donations of clothing so we are not asking for any at this stage.
Toiletry bags and Library bags can be made using vinyl backed material or a knitted/crocheted pouch with a drawstring. Use cotton if possible - 2 strands of 4ply knitting cotton together or 1 strand of 8ply. Use our Joey/Possum Pouch Pattern or your own favourite one.
If you would like to help in any way please contact me via email for details.
NO-ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Knit4Charities is a Yahoo group, based in Australia, dedicated to knitting and crocheting items to provide direct relief to needy people throughout our community. All of our donations are given freely to whoever needs them - our items are not for sale under any circumstances.
Since starting the group in August 2004 I have been joined by the most wonderful, generous knitters and crocheters from across Australia and around the World. Each and every one supplies their own materials and gives freely of their time to make the most beautiful items. Most of them are also more than willing to post items to our Charity of the Month projects all at their own expense.
The aim of the group is to share between members, ideas, patterns and needy charities.
After searching for a similar group and not finding one I decided to start knit4charities myself. There are lots of organisations who would benefit from donations of knitted and crocheted items if only we knew where to look. Hopefully, on this website, you will find the information you need to get started. The idea is to make the items you enjoy working on most and finding who can use them.
Charity donating can be done anywhere, at any time, and so our principles can be applied to any country in the world. We welcome interested people from all over the world to join our group. We are happy to share our ideas to get you started donating within your own community and to share stories, patterns etc. with you. At present we have members in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand -- all helping to make a difference!
If you would like to know more about me check out my Profile https://www.freewebs.com/knit4charities/myprofile.htm
please dont be afraid to post a comment -- you do not have to sign in to do so -- just write your name and comment in the boxes supplied and click on Post -- I will still get your message!!
On this site I hope to provide Links to some of my favourite sites where Free Patterns are available. Also, hints and tips for creating, making, donating your work. Lists of Charities, who to contact and where to send your donations.
I also hope to encourage and inspire others to join me, helping to make and donate, warm items of clothing etc. to needy people here in Australia.
There are several ways to donate.
Charity of the Month Calendar - these are the projects we are supporting as a group. Each month we knit for a charity (members chose who or how many they want to support), then end of that time post their donation to the member who nominated the charity. She then collects and counts all of the donations and delivers them personally to the charity as a whole group donation.
Members who chose to knit for a charity on our calendar are only required to make one item -- they are, of course, welcome to make more than one if they wish but there is no pressure put on anyone to make more. The calendar also serves another purpose by giving slower knitters a chance to work towards a charity a few months down the track. I give out the details for posting donations to group members on the 25th of each month and also at that time put up the list of requirements for the following month.
Members are also encouraged to find a needy charity within their own neighbourhood. Postage costs are getting out of hand - the more we can save on postage gives us more to spend on yarn :)
Or perhaps you would just like to make an item or two and if it doesn't fit into any of our projects then I can give you some ideas of where to donate when you are ready.
Just about anything you make is needed by someone! This includes animals :) For more information email Pam - [email protected]
Projects and Statistics
Charity of the month - Donations
2006 1,537 items
2007 5,820 items
2008 7,492 items
2009 7,062 items
Special Project donations 2009 1,419
2010 7,893 items
Total Previous Years 31,223
Individual donations (by Members who have chosen to share)
Total Previous Years 44,448
2011 1973 items
Grand total 77,644 items donated to date.
FEBRUARY Charity of the Month PROJECTS...
BETTY'S CITY KITCHEN (Food Van - Tasmania)
Any items from toiletry bag items through to blankets
St BARTHOLOMEW'S HOUSE (WA)
Mens scarves, beanies and gloves (dark colours - black is popular)
SENIOR DOGS & SILKY RESCUE GROUP- located in Sydney
Coats that are 35 cm, 40cm, 45cm and even 50cm , rugs and toys.
SPECIAL PROJECTS (ongoing)
Rockhampton and Theodore Flood Relief - all items that will help people rebuild homes after the floods.
Berry Street Foster Care - premmie baby garments
La Peruse Community Centre - Brown Skinned dolls, beanies and scarves in Aboriginal colours (red,yellow,black) for women and children.
Melbourne Homeless Connect Day - blankets, beanies, scarves, wristwarmers, toiletries
Special Thanks go to the ladies from Aruma Lodge Aged Care Hostel in Broken Hill for the wonderful knitting and crochet they donate to us. These ladies are well into their 80's and 90's and produce the most beautiful garments.
Lincraft Sydney Pitt Street (Imperial Arcade ) Store and floor supervisor Maria -- a very big thankyou for your most generous donation of yarns to our Sydney members.
To Mahony's Group of Pharmacies in Tamworth for the many boxes of donations they have sent. I cant thank you enough for your generousity! And the boxes just keep on coming............
Thanks to everyone who has purchased The Gift of Giving -- I have been able to subsidize quite a lot of postage costs for our members.
Thank You to Spotlight for sending a donation to help cover the cost of postage for our Charity of the Month Projects and for the gift vouchers that I used for prizes in our Treasure Hunt Competition.
Special thanks go to Sandra Rohde from South Australia who donated tons (and I mean tons) of wool to the group to be knitted up and given to SA Charities.
A huge Thank You goes to Carol at Wangaratta Woollen Mills for all the help she gives over the phone and especially for choosing lovely colours when I order yarn from her and the little extras she sends because she knows I knit for Charity. One of these days I intend visiting Carol to thank her in person --- I did this!!! I met Carol a few days after Easter this year (2008) - she is just as nice in person as I thought she would be :)
Get Creative Magazine - who donated some lovely books for us to give away in our member competitions and who have been so supportive to me over the past year or so.
Australian Country Spinners - the creators of Patons, Cleckheaton, Panda and Shepherd who have very kindly placed a link to us on their websites.
The Barrier Miner - our local freebie newspaper here in my hometown who not only printed my book The Gift of Giving but have gone way beyond the call of duty with their support, newspaper article, classified ad etc. etc. etc. Special thanks to Jonnah - she is a gem!
Email me for more information [email protected]
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