It's that time of year again! The time to make things for others as the holidays grow near. Some of us are not lucky enough to have someone to make warm things for them. That's why we created Warming the Gorge, a great way to get warm handmade items to those in need. Warming the Gorge was founded by Yvonne Ellsworth and Sarah Keller in 2015 to collect warm, handknit (and crocheted) items for the local warming shelter. Since then it has expanded to include The Dalles Warming Place, The Next Door, Helping Hands Women’s Shelter, and the people of Cascade Locks.
Here's the items that each group needs, preferably in a washable wool or other washable fiber:
- Hood River Warming Shelter - Warm items for men.
- The Dalles Warming Place - Hats and mittens for men and women. Last year they had 2 cases of frostbite, so warm items are very needed.
- The Next Door - Every year they put together at least 100 baskets for new mothers who often don't have any new items for their new baby, so a handknit baby item would be very appreciated. They also provide items, including Christmas gifts, to children in foster care, so any size child items would be great too.
- Helping Hands Women's Shelter - Our focus this year will be prayer shawls. You don’t necessarily need to pray. Essentially a prayer shawl is a scarf or shawl where thoughts of hope and healing are said or thought while making the item. Those thoughts are embedded in the garment and will help those who wear it through a tough time.
- City of Cascade Locks - Every year the the FISH Food Bank distribution site in Cascade Locks hands out baskets for their clients. We know how hard the economy of Cascade Locks has been hit due to the fire, so every little bit helps. We are looking for warm items for men, women, and children
As you can see, we have a place for just about any item you would like to donate. So, if you have a little extra knitting or crocheting time, think about whipping out a little something for one of these groups!
You can bring your items to Knot Another Hat any time until December 10th or drop them off at the Information Booth during the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival.