Outreach Projects

Hi, Everyone!

And welcome to any newer members! Here is an overview of the chapter's current community outreach projects. Let us know if you have any questions.

Bookmarks for Literacy: a member has a contact at her local library, which has a reading program for children. They use our donated stitched bookmarks as awards for the children. If you'd like to stitch child-appropriate bookmarks for this project, let us know. Again,any stitching technique. This is an ongoing project.

Soldier Kissing Pillows: They are little pillows with a simple cross stitched design on the front (a red heart, with "I love you" inside, and two stars), stitched on 14 count Aida fabric. They are designed to be used as a keepsake for the children and loved ones left behind by the soldiers departing for service overseas. The soldier will kiss the pillow and give one to each of his or her loved ones to hold onto until he or she returns from war. We hope the pillows will be a comfort during the lonely times both for the family and for the soldier. Our chapter members stitch them, and send to an outreach committee member who has contacts within the military for distribution of the finished pillows to soldiers. If you would like to stitch a pillow or two or more, you can find the pattern here:
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyberstitchers_ega/files/KISSING%20PILLOWS%20pattern/
This will be an ongoing project, for as long as necessary.

Ornament Auction for Breat Cancer Research: For the past few years, chapter members have stitched Christmas- or Winter-themed ornaments, and sent them to our chapter project coordinator, Karen, who then takes them to the Attic Needlework shop in Mesa, Arizona (www.atticneedlework.com). Each year the shop holds a silent auction in November for the ornaments made by us and by their customers with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation , a major breast cancer research fund. This has been a very successful endeavor. In 2009 they raised $20,022.00 and in 2010, the 13th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit, had a preliminary total of $17,000. We plan to again participate in 2011, so start stitching now!

Karen says, "The auction this year is the 19th of Nov. so I would prefer to have the ornaments by Nov. 1st. This will give them time to Photograph and put the pictures online for people who do not live in the Valley and therefore cannot get to the live auction.

It is a great evening full of food and fun and lively bidding. Nice that they include those people not here with a chance to bid ahead of the auction.

So anyone planning on sending an ornament for the auction? You can send them at any time. Just email me, and I will send you my mailing address.

Karen in sizzling AZ

 

Outreach for One: We also realize that some members may prefer to participate in stitching-related community outreach projects as individuals. To that end, the chapter has a created a list of "Outreach for One" projects. The list is not all-inclusive, and we encourage chapter members to add to the list as they discover other projects -- in fact, the list is now member-maintained. You can find the list within this yahoo group in the Files section or at
(https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cyberstitchers_ega/files/OUTREACH%20FOR%20ONE/
If you do participate in any outreach projects as an individual, we ask that you do mention your membership in CyberStitchers Chapter EGA when you send your stitched donation. Also, we have members in countries other than the USA; if you know of any projects outside the USA, feel free to let us know about them! Let me or any chapter officer know if there's any group project which you think might be appropriate for our large, far-flung chapter membership.

Have a great (stitching) week!
Lynn Burshtin, Chair
Outreach Committee
CyberStitchers Chapter, EGA
(also sometimes known as "Lynn from southern NJ")