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many mittens...

Hi. This is no big deal, really. Some of us seem to have more time to spend than we do money to spend (or give) to charities.

Our town , Newfield, NY, which is upstate, has a "Good Neighbors" fund that helps throughout the community. Since I can only contribute a small amount of cash annually, I make mittens, and sometimes hats, and each early winter I donate them to the "Good Neighbors", via the local elementary school nurse, who is on the Board of Directors for the charitable fund.

She lets the teachers know that, if they spot a child who is in need, the mittens are available at the Health Office for the taking.

I enjoy experimenting with a variety of mitten patterns because they work up so quickly and are lightweight to carry around. I use "Wool-Ease" primarily, which I love because it has the warmth and water repelling qualities of wool while still being machine washable.

I've probably sent six to twelve pair annually, for three or four years now, plus a couple of hats. They have all been well used! (Many folks can't afford mittens or simply have other priorities for their kids, or the kids lose their mittens, so there is always a need for these.)

I plan to try and get several other members of the community engaged in this project this fall, by running an ad for knitters in the local paper and having a meeting at our local library. (I used to work nights and was able to make more at that time. I'm an R.N.)

I hope this will inspire some other folks to knit up a few pairs of mittens, socks or hats and donate them to the local school or clothing bank.

It is also a great way to use up leftover yarns!

Thank you.
Ruth Allen, RN

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