December 14: Adopted Family Update

AngelWe have been busy little elves, out gathering gifts for adopted family. I told you about the Angels for Moms program a few weeks ago, through the Bethel Foundation. We have adopted a single mother with four young children.
Many of you have generously donated to help us with this endeavor. When we come together we can do so much more than by ourselves, and we thank you!
So far we have raised enough money to purchase the following gifts:

  • pillownew pillows for the entire family

…including mom! I found a great buy on quality pillows from Serta (less than $5 each). The thought of this family having awful or no pillows at all was really bugging me. So glad to mark this off the list!

  • comforters for all the children
  • backpacks for the school aged children
  • new bicycle for the 3 year old

justiceAs soon as I can get to the mall I will get the girls gift cards to Justice so they can pick out their own (stylish) clothes.
And one of our readers has generously offered to donate school supplies, so we’re excited about that!
Here is what is left on our wish list to purchase

  • toys for the 3 year old boy – he likes Spongebob
  • toys for the 6 year old boy – he likes Legos, Mario Brothers and the Hulk
  • 8 year old girl – she likes Monster High things, and would like socks and a doll
  • 9 year old girl – we have everything on her list, but will find her something fun

It is not too late to help out! We’d really like to make this family’s Christmas special, and hope to raise enough funds to help mom out with groceries and gas.
For every dollar donated you get your name in the hat to win a $100 gift card. You will also receive a coupon for 10% off your next purchase and your choice of our exclusive A to Z guide books. Choose from Yarn Lover’s Guide from A to Z filled with tips, technique and more -or- A to Z guide to good eats, nifty tips, and cool crafts. These books are otherwise not available in that we don’t offer them for sale.
JailI have another opportunity that landed on my desk last week that may interest you. We occasionally get mail from inmates, and usually disregard those requests for numerous reasons.
However last week the letter was from a prison chaplain. He has organized a knitting and crochet program, and the inmates will be making items for charitable causes such as the homeless, children in need, etc.
We used to take in unwanted yarn and supplies for a teen mom program. Since that has pretty much disbanded due to changes within the public school system (don’t get me started on that!), we have been at a loss for a good place for these things to land.
If you are cleaning out your stash and would like to donate it to the inmate program, drop it off at the shop and we’ll put a shipment together. They’re also needing needles and hooks – but NO CIRCULAR needles are permitted.
This program is tax-deductible. If you would like to take advantage of that, I will be happy to share the contact information so you can donate directly.
There is nothing more joyful than helping others!


  • pharris824

    14.12.2013 at 09:55

    Sounds like a great place for unwanted yarn! You will bless that program as much as you blessed the Emerson program!!! Thanks!

  • stephenia

    14.12.2013 at 15:36

    Is there a deadline to bring yarn donations??

    • keely

      14.12.2013 at 23:43

      No deadline. When I get a box full I’ll send it off, then start filling another box!

  • pindy4176

    16.12.2013 at 08:03

    I will look forward to bringing you some donations after the New Year! It’ll be fun to see what all I can come up with.