I have been a member of this group for over ten years. We meet on Wednesday afternoons and our group numbers differ weekly especially when the "snowbirds" are in the area, but we average a dozen women each time we gather. The group was formed by a church member approximately 11 years ago and initially projects were sent to Afghanistan. Our leader felt that there had to be a great need here in our own country, so she found Appalachian Outreach.
We made afghans, lapghans, slippers, hats, mittens, scarves, boot toppers, cowls, baby items, chemo hats, sweaters, toys, and anything for which we think there will be a need or desire. Some women knit, some women crochet and some do both.
Over the years our local newspapers have covered our group's work and as a result people bring yarn or completed projects.
We ship to AO about 5 times a year and our shipments are usually 5 large boxes. We each contribute $1. every time we meet which goes towards shipping costs and have received periodic checks from The Knights of Columbus and have held donation collections at St. David's services.
Our group consists of women from the community as well as members of the church. We share stories of our lives and families, help each other with our projects, teach and advise on projects, solve the problems of the world, tell jokes and funny stories, relax and enjoy each others' company. True friendships have been formed while we use our talents.
Although we use any kind of yarn given to us, we love Lion Brand's Pound of Love and squeal with delight if some is given to us although we also purchase it ourselves.
I love to knit and crochet and belonging to this group allows me to do both to my heart's content as there is always a need for warm garments and stylish fashions.
My rewards are being able to do what I love, have a weekly gathering to look forward to, get 2 1/2 hours a week of laughter, insight and relaxation and help those who are less fortunate than I -- a win win situation.