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KNits for Kids NH Connection

I had been knitting a few sweaters a year for knits for kids since bout 2000. In 2004 I retired and really started to knit in earnest.
I would do about 12 to 15 sweaters each winter. Last January I put
a letter to the Editor in our local paper (The Concord Monitor)looking for volunteers that would be willing to make a sweater or two for Knits for Kids. I said I would collect and mail them to this very worthy cause. To my great amazement I received 9 phone calls the very first day and about 6 e-mails requesting the pattern and more information. Within the month I had 25 people that pledged to make at least one sweater. Our first deadline was March, and than
it kept getting exteneded until finally June was our last collection date. In that time I had hosted three open houses and two knit out days. From the first appearance of my plea in January until
June I collected a total of 108 sweaters. Each month I would mail out a package and than more would come in.

The great thing about this project is it makes older people feel useful once more. I have four ladies that are home bound in their 80's and I bring them yarn and they just keep knitting. Also we have people in surrounding towns that have joined in the knitting spree. Many kind people have also donated money toward postage because they do not knit but wanted to help out. I sent 8 packages of sweaters in all of the sizes from 2 to 10. Lots of people have also donated their stash of unused yarn and left over balls that we make into sweaters with stripes or designs.

We use alot of Vannas choice, homespun and woolease. The Concord Monitor did put a little blurb in the paper once the project ended for the year. I also got a certificate printed up locally to thank each of our very happy knitters. All of them say the same thing,
it has given them great pleasure to know that something as easy as knitting a sweater can help to keep a child warm somewhere in this wide world of ours. It has been a win win situation and both the knitter and the reciever have benefited by this project. We are so happy to know that because of our efforts 108 children have a very beautiful NEW sweater of their own.

It has been so successful that most all of the ladies are going to start sweaters again in September. I did receive a nice letter from
Tracey Buckley the co-ordinator at Guide posts asking about what I had done to get so many people knitting. She did say she wanted to feature our little group in her fall newsletter. Don't know if that will really happen or not. and that is not really so important, the really important thing is to get more people interested in Knit for Kids and more sweaters sent to keep the children warm.

Another off shoot of my letter. A lady I met from the North country, said this was such a great project that she was going to put an article in COOS Country Democrat, a local newspaper and right
after it appeared I did get three ladies from up north that are knitting and sending their sweaters out from there. As you can see I do my own PR where ever I may be I talk about the Knit for Kids Project. Even got a lady to take the information while I was in the doctors office last winter. I was knitting a sweater and she asked about it....so there are opportunties everywhere to further the project.

So it just goes to prove that if people know about a good charity they will help out in anyway that they can. It is not so easy for
people to find out WHERE they can help..and look how that one letter began a chain reaction and so many people are now making sweaters for poor needy kids in our country and other places around the world. Their new goal is to reach 500,000 by the end of this year and we will do our part to help them get there.

All of our ladies knit each evening while watching tv during the winter. I also have some that have continued to knit throughout the summer. I hope this will give other knitters the incentive to start a small group of their own and to keep those swearters coming.
Jeanne Plourde 603-228-8104 or NanaJeannie@verizon.net


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