Outreach Projects

Hi, Everyone!
Here's an overview of the chapter's current community outreach projects:

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 Breast 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 raising a lot of money over the last few years. Let's start stitching for Auction 2012! As the autumn approaches we will set a deadline to send ornaments to Karen. SO FAR KAREN HAS ONLY RECEIVED FROM ONE PERSON!!!!

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.

Two requests:
1. If you did stitch/knit/crochet/whatever for any of these projects in 2011, could you please either send me an e-mail to lynnburshtin@snip.net or post a message in our Chat4CyberStitchers yahoo group -- tell us what you did and an approximate number of hours you participated in 2011 (just make a back-of-the-envelope round number guesstimate).
2. For the present and future, would you please let me know when you stitch/knit/crochet/whatever for any of these projects? Again, a back-of-the-envelope round number guessimate of how many hours would be fine.

The reason for asking: we'd like to compile this information for when I report on our outreach activities to our Region and National.

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