Thursday, August 14, 2008

Going about doing good

A few weeks back a knitter in my knitting group asked if there was any charity knitting going on in our group? The answer was no, not really, there is a group of senior women who meet and knit & crochet prayer shawls for recent widows but other than that, nothing. We got to talking about it and decided to investigate at the local hospital to see if they would like baby hats or it there was something else they might need. That was a few weeks ago...

Yesterday at a Chamber of Commerce coffee I final got over to talk to the volunteer coordinator for Cushing Hospital. I asked if they had any need or want of knitted baby hats for the newborns and she got all excited. Jeanne knows I'm a knitter and knows about our knitting group. She said they would love newborn hats, and would love if we would knit them in the hospital's colors of purple and white (we decided to go with lavender rather than KState purple) . Other colors would be great too but they really would like the lavender. Then she went on to say that at year end she would give us a tax donation receipt that values each hat at $10. She felt that with supplies and time that would be an acceptable value. I agree. And in addition she will give each 4 hours of hospital volunteer hours for each hat. I'm not sure what that means but I'll take it, and will be invited to the volunteer appreciation banquet. Pretty cool!

Cushing Hospital also gives every baby born in the month of December a stocking large enough for the baby to fit in. Joy #1 and I both were born at Cushing and we have the stockings to prove it. Jeanne said that if anyone was interest in making stockings they would be even more thrilled if that were possible. I told her I had 2 stockings I could use as guides, one retro (mine) and the other 16 years old. Which doesn't seem that old but it is, or will be. I'm totally excited about the possibility of sewing up some stockings for new December babies. I have loved my stocking for as long as I can remember and love the story behind it. Both Joy #1 & I came home in our stockings. Joy #1's first baby picture is in her stocking like she was a little present. I love the way the world turns sometimes.

Newer on the left (15.5 yo), Retro on the right (32.5 yo)

If anyone is interested in sewing or knitting for Cushing Memorial Hospital, let me know. I'd be glad to pass on info and you too could receive a tax write off for your knitting.


Wool Winder said...

The stocking idea is so cute! It's neat that both you and your daughter have one.

leah said...

What a great way to share your hobby! I can just picture the cute december babies in the stockings!!

cinnamongirl93 said...

What a wonderful idea. It's a great way to bless a precious newborn.
The stocking gift is such a neat idea too! I love the fact that you still have yours not to mention your daughters.

Debbie said...

Those stockings are so cute! I can just picture a sweet little newborn in one :-)