CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY       

CROCHET AND KNIT GROUP

CURRENT NUMBER OF ITEMS DONATED TO CHARITY IS 1,795!

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Each of us needs time to connect to our spiritual side and knitting and crocheting is a type of prayer and meditation, especially if you pray for the unknown recipient who will receive the item you are making! 

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN OUR VOLUNTEER CHARITY
PROJECTS FOR THE COMMUNITY.   
Listed below are several of the charities and organizations the group contributes to.  

LIBERTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

        The group has "adopted" Liberty Elementary School in Omaha for a project.  Liberty is located in a very poor area of Omaha.  Many of the residents in the area and students in the school are new to the United States.  The group will be working to help provide warm winter wear for the children and their families.  A member of the group has completed an afghan in the schools colors to be displayed in their lobby.  Other projects are being developed to help the students and their parents.  The group has donated hats, scarves, mittens, baby clothing, and blankets to the school for them to distribute to those in need of the items.  

WARM UP AMERICA AFGHANS

          The goal of the nation-wide "Warm Up America" afghan project is to provide warm crocheted or knitted afghans to anyone in need.  These afghans are distributed to various agencies. The Red Cross and Salvation Army distribute these afghans to victims of natural disasters; area homeless; and for families and those who have lost their homes and belongings due to fire, flood or tornadoes and to homeless people.  Individuals and groups make 49 blocks that measure 7" X 9".  These are joined together to complete an afghan.  Smaller and larger afghans are also needed and appreciated.  Please click here to access knit and crochet patterns for 7" X 9 " blocks.  

DOMESTIC ABUSE SHELTER

            This group has requested house slippers for the guests at their shelters.  These families come to the shelter with little more than a grocery bag of clothes for themselves and their children.

FUZZY FINGERS PROJECT

            The Council Bluffs RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and the Volunteer Action Center of Council Bluffs has an excellent program for knitters and crocheters.  Volunteers make hats, mittens, gloves and scarves.  These items are distributed to local children in need of warm winter wear.  This program serves Pottawattamie and Mills Counties in Southwest Iowa. 

HOSPICE AND NURSING HOMES

            Local nursing homes and hospice organizations are in need of lap robes for their residents/patients. The elderly and patients in hospice suffer from poor circulation of the legs and these items are very helpful in keeping them warm.  

AREA HOMELESS SHELTERS 

            Area homeless shelters in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves from the Creighton University Crochet and Knit Group.

BABY BLANKETS AND LAYETTES

            The VNA, Emergency Pregnancy Services and several area hospitals have requested baby blankets and layettes for new mothers.  This program deals with low-income and teenage mothers.  We also have provided burial outfits and blankets to local hospitals for parents who have lost their children due to miscarriage, stillbirth or new baby death.  We also donate handmade hats for premature babies to several hospitals.

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION - SOUTH DAKOTA

            The group has identified a means where we can ship completed handmade items to the residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation located in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  Current students from the reservation will transport these items to the reservation for us when they return home to visit.  The reservation is in great need of many items.  Residents of Pine Ridge need warm winter items (gloves, mittens, hats and scarves-all ages and sizes), lap robes, full sized afghans, slippers, hand knitted socks, clothing items (vests, sweaters, etc) baby items (blankets, clothing, etc.) and more. 

        The Creighton University Crochet and Knit Group has partnered with another similar club from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We are happy to let you know that we have already shipped up 9 boxes of items up to Pine Ridge Reservation with more shipments to come!  Thank you to everyone who has donated and worked on this project.  Especially our friends from Marquette! 

OTHER SERVICE WORK

            Our group has donated lap robes to Douglas County Hospital, the local VA hospital, and several other local area hospitals, Foster Care program, local domestic abuse shelters, homeless shelters (Micah House, Open Door Mission, Lydia House and Mhom's Place), as well as nursing homes and hospice providers.  Several hospitals are the recipients of preemie hats for premature babies, as well as baby layettes for low income parents.  Area schools have received donations of hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for their students in need.  The Veteran's Hospital "Stand Down" program has received donations of socks, hats, scarves and gloves for their homeless veteran program.  Salvation Army has received donations of full sized afghans for victims of fire, floods, or tornadoes as well as hats, scarves and mittens for their "Night Watch" program.  

            If you are interested in any of these projects, or are interested in looking into other charity projects, please contact me for more information at my e-mail or my work number of 402-280-2836.  If you are interested in starting your own crochet/knit group in your community and donating your handmade items locally, please e-mail me for ideas on how to start. 

            My motto is "If you can make it -- I can find a new home for it."  Together, we can and DO make a difference in our community!

In charity there is no excess. --Sir Francis Bacon