The Monadnock Crochet Guild began in 1999 in Rindge, NH, as a component group of the NH Crochet Guild of America. There were a couple of us that had a hard time getting to the NH group so we started our own. In the 4 years since we have had up to a total of 11 people as members. Although the NH group has now disbanded, I'm happy to say that our little group is still going strong.
In 2000 we became aware of Warming Families and were lucky enough to have a local coordinator, Dee Choinard, who lived in Salem, NH. After our initial contact, we began crocheting and knitting various warm items, including hats, mittens, scarves, slippers, and afghans. Lion Brand's program of donating yarn to Warming Families helped us. Lion Brand Homespun was sent to Dee and she in turn forwarded it to us. Many hats, mittens and scarves were made with this wonderful donated yarn and I'm quite sure that there were lots of happy and warmer families.
Although Dee has since retired from Warming Families, we still have a fairly local coordinator. Kerry Canty from Massachusetts is now accepting all our donations. In addition to Warming Families we have donated to the Santa Train in Kingsport, TN, the Mitten Tree at the United Church in Jaffrey, NH, and Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC. In fact, between Feb. 2004 and May 2004, we made and donated 12 afghans to Victory Junction.
Eunice Halbedel, Coordinator
Monadnock Crochet Guild