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"Spread the Warmth" Fundraiser, Donate hats gloves, scarves and mittens

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WHEN: Thursday, February 10-Thursday, March 10, 2011
-Routine Gallery Hours for Drop-Off are 1-5 PM, Thurs-Sat

WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Downtown Kent
-Also at The 6th Annual "Make Mine With Ice" Ice Carving Exhibition at The Home Savings Plaza on Saturday, February 12, 2011, 1-4 PM

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is taking the opportunity to offer a hat/scarf/mitten/glove drive before, during, and after our "Spread the Warmth" Knitting/Crocheting Marathon Benefit.

Please donate your gently used, laundered hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves during our routine gallery hours (Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 PM). All donated items will be provided to programs for those in need. In addition, 50% of items knitted during our "Spread the Warmth" Knitting/Crocheting Marathon Benefit and 50% of cash proceeds raised from donations and sales of the knitted items will be donated to a shelter or organization that assists those in need.

Pat February 12, 2011 at 01:55 AM
This is a wondeful idea--I wish you would also join the group called Warm Up America. People knit squares 7" X 9" and then are stitched together to form a blanket. It takes about 52 squares to make one. Kent is the only community in the area that doesn't have such a group.
Jim VandenBoom February 12, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Donate hats, gloves, scarves and mittens. Hours for Drop-Off are 1-5 PM, today and tomorrow
Tina Puckett February 12, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Pat, We'll try to let our volunteer knitters for this event know about this group so that they can check into it. Standing Rock Cultural Arts doesn't currently have a knitting group but is holding this 2-day Knitting Marathon Benefit Event and may have similar future events. I'm also interested in Project Linus, which benefits Akron Children's Hospital by providing blankets to the children that are hospitalized. There is a knitting group that meets at the Kent Free Library and there are currently lessons going on at Kent State University so they may be other groups to alert as well. I am unsure of who their leaders are but you may find them advertised somewhere here and in other media.
Tina Puckett February 12, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Thanks for helping get word out, Jim!
Pat February 12, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Are there knitters in need of yarn for your wonderful event?? I could and would donate some yarn for the cause if I knew who would use it to knit hats and scarves amd mittens. I have knitted for the homeless for years. I donate tons of hats and scarves to Townhall II Clinic or left quite a few at the Brady Lake post office on their table for people in need to take. I have given tons of yarn away on Kent/Ravenna Freecycle also. Pat
Tina Puckett February 12, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Thank you for the kind offer, Pat! We had a wonderful donation from Pat Catan's and several other individuals donated yarn as well so we have plenty to cover us through our event tomorrow. I know that the people doing the workshop at Kent State University are learning to knit for needs, such as the military hats and homeless, etc. I am unsure of what the library group is doing with their knitting but may also be knitting for needs. The event was successful today so we may do this again in the future.

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