During the 2014 calendar year, the Faith Stitchers donated 437 knitted or crocheted preemie hats to Blank and Mercy Hospitals. One stitcher knitted 246 dish cloths that were donated to The Freestore, which provides household items and furniture free of charge to women who leave the Children and Families of Iowa’s Domestic Violence Services. During the past year, the stitchers knitted or crocheted over 21 prayer shawls for the church to distribute and several more for personal friends and relatives.
In the fall, the group participated in the Click for Babies Period of PURPLE Crying program which spreads awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. 45 purple crocheted or knitted caps were donated to Blank for the cause. More information on this national campaign can be found by visiting http://clickforbabies.org.
Earlier in the fall, the stitchers made newborn hats to offer to members and visitors at Faith along with a warm welcome. In December, the group donated a large amount of child and adult-sized hats to the Family Enrichment Center.
Thank you, Matthew 25 Ministry Team, for providing funds for some of the yarn for the donated items. Many of the stitchers provide their own yarn, as well. Keep an eye on the bulletin board in the entry way and the hat tree on the top of the gray kiosk in the Commons for the latest styles!
If you would like to knit or crochet or would like to learn, please join the group on Mondays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Faith.