Lend a Helping Hand

recycled-sweater-mittensSummer weather is around the corner, and soon we will be enjoying warm days and sunshine. Unfortunately for many, when the cold comes back again, they will be unprepared. Their families will also be fighting to stay warm. My goal for 2009 is simple: help as many families as I can be better prepared to fight the elements they will face this winter. I know the cold is the farthest thing from many of our minds, but I can start to help today, with your help. I am collecting used sweaters from as many people as I can, to then make into mittens and donate to homeless shelters and charities in need. Any sweater will work, made of any fabric, and in any style or color. If you are interested, please contact me to discuss shipping or the hand off of your sweaters. As many of you know, I am moving in the next few weeks, so my address will change. I may also be in your area to meet you. Aside from sweaters, other supplies will be needed, such as thread, as well as your time. Please contact me if you’d like to help sew mittens. They are a simple project, but do require a sewing machine. If you’d like to see the mittens that your sweaters will be made into, or if you are inspired yourself to help those in need, visit my blog post New Life for Old Sweaters. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you feel may also be interested.
Thank you so much for your generosity, and the parents and children you will be helping thank you, too.

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4 Responses to Lend a Helping Hand

  1. Victoria says:

    Nikki – What a beautiful idea! I, too, am disillusioned with the hope that my old sweaters will make some sort of comeback. Your quest to help others has inspired me to clean out my dresser and find you enough cable knits to make a mountain of mittens! 🙂

  2. Rachel says:

    That is such a fantastic idea! I just discovered your blog (via the gorgeous beaded bracelet) and I’m so glad I did! What a beautiful and inspirational space you have here. I’d love to link to the bracelet if you don’t mind!

    I’ll have to hunt through my sweater stash, what a lovely sentiment. Good luck with the move!

    • nikkiinstitches says:

      Rachel, thanks so much for your kind words! I’m a new blogger, so I love getting any kind of feedback….especially the good kind! Of course, I’d love to share my bracelet, and thank you for your interest in my call for sweaters. If you’d like to help out, either by collecting sweaters or making mittens, just let me know! The more the merrier!

  3. Hi there,

    I am an avid crafter myself and don’t seem to have enough hours in the day for all the stuff I want to make. Love the mittens idea. I’m going to make a bunch of small mittens to hang on a small Christmas tree for our porch. They remind me of a story my Mother told of only getting one gift at Christmas time in the orphonage they grew up in and that gift was a pair of mittens made by her older sister. Our kids today do not realize how fortunate they are.

    Lately, I am into making teddy bears…not really sure why, but I love the way they almost come to life once the stuffing goes in.

    Keep those ideas flowing.

    Maureen Sky

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