Remember our four-legged kitties....

If you can help.....Attention:  The Stratford Cat Project Is in Desperate Need of Donations
We are being overwhelmed with cats that need help.  We need help with food and supplies. We need canned and dry food for kittens (canned food Friskies turkey & giblet pate or Wellness kitten. Dry food- Purina kitten chow or Fromms kitten food). Supplies needed - paper towels, wet wipes, Lysol wipes, wee wee pads, and large black garbage bags. Hate to keep begging for supplies but the expenses for the cats that come into our care are astronomical. Donations can be dropped off at 85 Champion Terrace (on back patio) 

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September 2016: Preemie Hats Needed for The Tiny Miracles Foundation Our own Sandy Callahan is  getting involved with the Tiny Miracles Foundation. They provide support for families with babies in the NICU in southwestern CT hospitals (Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, and Danbury. When she and her family were in Bridgeport with Alex, they provided gift bags with hand knit and crocheted blankets and hats, among many other support services. Their website is www.ttmf.org if you'd like to check them out. They are in need of hats (they are good on blankets right now). If folks are interested in making some, Sandy will arrange a pickup at a meeting. They can be knit or crochet, and no restrictions on fiber or patterns. This will be an ongoing project until we hear from Sandy that they have enough.

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September 2016  Our own Donna Poulin is making and donating Chemo Cowls to Milford Senior Centerwhere they are making them and distributing them out to 5 local chemo sites.  One of which  is the VA.

 

Here are the directions from Donna:


Please use acrylic yarns since some people are allergic to wool.  WIth size 8 or 9 circular needles and worsted weight yarn cast on 92 stitches.  JOin together in the round.  Make a ribbed border with K2, P2 for 8 rounds.  Then stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 12 rows or however wide you want to make it.  At this point you can experiment with different colored yarns.  Then finish it with the same ribbing, k2, p2 for 8 rounds.  You can do any type of ribbing you want, whether that is k1, p1 or purl 1 row, knit 1 row.  Just remember to end it with a matching border.  If you are using different colored yarns, use the first color yarn that you used in your ribbing and knit one row around then switch colors and continue your stockinette stitch.  If you do that, there will be a nice transition in colors and the purl stitch will not stand out.  Feel free to change the amount of stitches since people have different sized necks and some people like things tight and some like them loose.  I have cast on 77 stitches all the way up to 100 stitches depending on how much yarn I have.  Have fun and be creative!  They are being dropped off at five different facilities.  There is a real need and they are well received.  Thank you for your anticipated help.  Just bring them to our meetings and I will pass them on.  This will be an ongoing project.  Thank you.  Donna Poulin


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January 2017: Knitted Knockersare special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Visit www.knittedknockers.org to learn more about this organization and how we might be a part of it. 

A  Thank You Note from our Reilly:



​Dear Sound View Knitting Guild,
In December 28th, 2016 I completed my 17 month journey toward my Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest rank in scouting.
To earn this award, a Girl Scout must design a sustainable project to help her community. I chose to collect hand knit, sewn and crocheted blankets of all shapes, sizes and materials to be donated to the pediatric patients at Yale - New Haven Children's Hospital. I reached out to family, friends and members of my community. The ladies at the Sound View Knitting Guild were amazingly helpful and supportive. My original goal was to collect 100 blankets since 2016 was the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. I reached my goal sooner than expected. On my first trip to donate blankets to the hospital I had 100 blankets. My second and third trips both had 50 beautiful kid friendly blankets. I am so happy and excited about that that my project was so successful, and especially proud of delivering over 200 blankets - and counting - to children in need. They will continue to provide a sense of security to pediatric patients.
I want to thank each and every member of the guild for their motivation over the past year. My project could not have been possible without you ladies.
Sincerely, 
Reilly Carroll​​​​​​​


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Warm Up America Foundation

is a 501C3 charity made up of volunteers who knit and crochet handmade afghans and clothing for those in need. Visit their website for more information www.WarmUpAmerica.org. Download their brochure 

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KNITTING PATTERNS


There are also many area organizations, hospitals, etc that are always so very thankful for donations of hats, gloves, scarfs, socks, etc, etc. Following is a partial list of free knitting pattern suggestions that you can use for a community project.


"Solstice Hat"                                                "Toasty Knitted Mittens"

pattern # L10598                                                       pattern # 80675ad

level: easy                                                                    level: intermediate


"Fingerless Gloves"                                    "Easy Peasy Hat"

pattern: Fetching                                                      

level: intermediate


"Two Needle Mittens"                                  Hats/Socks for Troops


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Volunteers Needed for Children's Program at Boothe Memorial Park Stratford 


Our own Marti Kosh let us know the Children's Program at Booth Memorial Park in Stratford is looking for volunteers. In the Fall and the Spring they teach hands on skills to grades 2 and 5 at  Booth.  They have 6 classes in the morning including segments in Farming, Making Cider or Pancakes, Weaving, Wool Processing and Spinning, Stilt Making, Blacksmithing, Transportation and Homestead tours. 


Focus is on the turn of the 19th century to the 20 century. The hands on programs are enthusiastically welcomed by the children, their teachers and chaperones. Most segments are team taught. You can volunteer as much or as little as your availability allows. If interested see or call Marti at 203-378-0893. You can go and observe the school program in September. Please consider joining Friends of Boothe in preserving our history and in delighting the kids with new skills


CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROGRAM


"Since 1898, during the Spanish American War, volunteers of the Seamen's Church Institute have knitted, collected, packed and distributed gifts to mariners who are miles away from home during the holidays. The gift consists of a handknit garment, a personal letter, and information on SCI's services. In addition, SCI also includes several useful items like hand lotion, lip bal, and toothbrushes - things difficult to come by when working long stretches on the water.


Knitting groups around the country connect with SCI in weekly knitting meetings at churches and at knitting-sponsored events. Through sites like Ravelry and the Christmas at Sea Facebook Group, the institution works with hundreds to make the program effective.


While gift distribution happens during the winter months, collection and creation of items happens year round, and while many gifts go to international mariners working "at sea", thousands of gifts also go to mariners working on inland waterways here in the United States." (from their website).


For more information including Participation Guidelines, Patterns and Mailing Instructions go to the Christmas At Sea  website.  Print out a label for your donation


                          DAUGHTERS of CHARITY



"The Daughters of Charity is a "grass-roots" rescue mission that ministers directly to the needy people within the Bridgeport community, regardless of their ethnic background or religion. While trying to meet the immediate needs of our clients for food, clothing, child care and furnishings, we also try to tackle the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. The Daughters of Charity was established in 1908 ..."


All programs are under the direction of Sister Theresa Tremblay. Please visit the Daughters of Charity website and click on the many ministries she supports. To view the wish lists for donations, click on any of the following areas: Pre-school, Food Bank, Furniture/Clothing, Young Mothers Mentor, Youth Group


Sister Theresa can be reached by calling 203-334-7000 or email to srtheresa@scmpb.org.


The following are organizations that we support or that members may have a personal interest in. (If there are other organizations you would like to include on the website, please contact our Community Service Committee Chairperson.)

MERCY LEARNING CENTER


UPDATE SEPT 23, 2014 - MLC is really in need of food donations. Please see theUpdated Food List. You may bring donations to the October meeting or if you prefer, drop them off to Irene Juthnas' home. If not at home donations can be left at the front entrance.  Thank you so much for your support of this very worthwhile organization.


"Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. provides basic literacy and life skills trainig to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientatio or national origin". (from their website).


Anyone interested in becoming a tutor, The Center has training sessions for those willing to donate 2 hours, 2 days per week to teach basic literacy and life skills to low income women. Please contact the Center for the latest training sessions.


In addition, Mercy Learning Center runs a food pantry to assist their students. They also accept non-food donations for their students and their children. Click here to view their Donations Wish List.


To learn more about the Mercy Learning Center mission, their programs and how you can help please visit their website at Mercy Learning Center.