Calling all knitters, crocheters, and sewing enthusiasts!
Edgebrook Covenant Church has a “crafty” ministry – crocheting, knitting, and sewing to provide hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, blankets, toys, and baby clothes for needy families – to be distributed through a variety of ministries in Chicago. We’ll supply the patterns, training, yarn, and fabric – you supply the time, heart, and care.
You can help the Crafty Angels by donating yarn, money, or joining our Crafty Angel knitters and crocheters. Contact Anita Hohenstein or Sandy Rice to learn more and become involved. Also, see the Crafty Angels blog at crafty-angels.blogspot.com.
The Crafty Angels support a wide variety of projects. Organizations and projects we have already been involved with and will continue to support include:
Cornerstone Community Outreach
Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Cornerstone provides a wide variety of services for homeless families and people. The majority of items Angels make go to all of their programs. They need washable hats, scarves, and mittens, in sizes from infant to seniors; afghans; blankets; shawls; and soft toys for the children. The Angels collect items for Cornerstone all year long, and deliver them to the programs in time for Christmas.
Edgebrook Covenant Church
Also located on the northwest side of Chicago, the Angels provide prayer shawls for women and “comfort afghans” for men going through difficult periods in their lives or their family’s lives, are hospitalized, or suffer from serious illness. It would be nice if the yarn for these projects was washable, but the primary requirement is that the yarn be soft and cheery. The Angels collect the shawls and afghans all year long, and distribute them as they are needed.
A Just Harvest Community Kitchen
This very vital community kitchen, which serves a hot, nutritious meal to over 120 homeless and needy people every single day of the year. A Just Harvest Community Kitchen is the highest capacity community kitchen in the Chicago metropolitan area – and they are actively advocating to address core issues that concern hunger and poverty. Infants through seniors come for meals here, and they are in great need of the yarny goodness the Crafty Angels can provide. We make hats, scarves, mittens, shawls — all of washable yarn – and they are delivered at Christmas and when needed.
The North Park Friendship Center
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in the Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods of Chicago. While their signature program is a food pantry, they also distribute free clothing and household goods, offer job training to their volunteer staff, and seek to provide or refer clients to needed services. They need washable hats, scarves, and mittens, in sizes from infant to seniors; afghans; blankets; shawls; and soft toys for the children. The Angels collect items for North Park Friendship Center all year long, and deliver them in time for Christmas.
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Also located on the northwest side of Chicago, Swedish Covenant Hospital services the most ethnically diverse area in Chicago, and its maternity ward serves a very large number of needy, refugee, and homeless moms and their new babies. They need washable hats, baby blankets, booties, and baby sweaters in sizes preemie to newborn. The Angels collect items for Swedish Covenant all year long, delivering items as needed during the year, but primarily distributing items in time for Christmas.