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Christmas Cheer Board

I became involved with knitting and crocheting items for the Christmas Cheer Board in Dryden a couple of years ago. A friend of mine was involved at the depot where donations of non-perishable food items and toys and new clothing (purchased or handmade) are accepted. She told me they were in need of knitted or crocheted items for children and adults such as mitts, hats, sweaters, etc. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting and enter the items in our local Agricultural Fair each summer. Many of these items then went into my "Gift Cupboard", some of them had been there for 2 or 3 years waiting for an occasion to give them to a friend, family member or charitable cause. So many of the charities now prefer to receive money and so my gift stash just kept growing! When I heard about the need of the Christmas Cheer fund, I was able to provide them with quite a few pairs of mitts, socks, hats, baby items, and sweaters. The person who received them said she was very happy to have he when I dropped them off. There isn't any "formal" group here that knits specifically for this organization, its just done by individuals -- quietly. I don't want any recognition for this -- I think its better that the "left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" when it comes to helping others. However, this is one need that can be met locally and perhaps others who don't know about this would benefit from my story. Most communities likely have a need of this type where the weather gets cold and both children and adults need warm outerwear. In more temperate climates I'm sure the need would be for lighter clothing -- of course these items could be sewn or crocheted/knitted in materials other then wool or acrylic yarns. I would like to find other organizations in the area which could use such items as I am now retired and the items I create for family and friends only fill part of my available hours. I have begun making fitted diapers and other infant items as well -- initially for an extended family member, now for gifts and my "Gift Cupboard" as well. I am in the process of putting a couple of layettes together for Lutheran World Relief -- these have very specific items as they must be similar in order to avoid the possibility of one person feeling they have received an inferior or superior package. Most of the items can be handmade although there are a couple of items that must be purchased as I don't have a pattern to make them -- and can't seem to find one. I particularly enjoy making baby items, however my youngest greatniece is now 8 so I have to find other recipients for these items.

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