Community Service Projects

Toni Klueppel Emerson is our Community Service VP

The members of The Greater St. Louis Knitters’ Guild make a variety of beautiful and creative knitted items that are distributed to people in our community through a number of organizations that recognize who can most benefit from the warm items. Many generous people donate yarn and needles for our projects.

Members are provided access to Guild Patterns when they join our Guild.  There are lots of other Guild patterns on our Members Only Patterns & Tips Page. We have links on our website to free charity knitting patterns here. 

If you have any questions, please contact Toni Klueppel Emerson, our Community Service VP at comservice@gslkg.com (please be sure to put “guild”, “yarn” or “knitting” in your subject line).  If you don’t get a response in a few days, email again or call her at the number in your member directory.

BRO (Board of Religious Organizations)
This organization helps every age and can use each knitted item-especially layettes for babies, sweaters, mittens, hats, etc. for children, and anything warm for seniors-such as laprobes, slippers, bed jackets, shawls, etc.

Some of the teddy bears we dressed in 2007 to donate to BRO.  Great job!

The Humane Society – Pet Squares

These machine-washable soft pads are for the cages for rescued animals. Any knitter can make a square to fit the cage -another very easy project. Squares should be approximately 12″ or more.  They should be knit firmly, preferably in thick or doubled yarn, no fringe. Please be sure not to use wool as the animals tend to chew on them.
Ginny Z, is hidden behind the results of her Pet Squares Challenge – 59 pet squares in one month! 

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging 

The Christmas Meal Program began 21 years ago and serves about 450 participants each year.   MEAAA staff and volunteers deliver hot meals and gift bags to St. Louis County seniors who otherwise would spend the holiday alone.  The program is funded through generous financial contributions and receives donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and other gifts.

MEAAA would like to extend a big thank you to  The Greater St. Louis Knitters Guild for providing scarves and hats that will be distributed to Christmas Meal Program recipients.

 

Project Linus

The goal of Project Linus is to provide a “blanket of security” to children facing substantial distress in their lives. Washable yarn is knitted, crocheted, quilted, woven or sewn into blankets which are then distributed throughout the local community for children undergoing difficult situations, especially aiming toward pediatric cancer patients. Children come in all sizes, so we welcome all sizes of blankets. Suggested sizes:  Preemie blanket: 15″ x 18″ to 24″ x 24″. Newborn blankets” 25″ x 30″, Toddler blankets: 35″ x 40″ to 45″. Child’s blankets: 40″ x 60″.  Please be sure if you do use satin ribbon in your blanket to tack it firmly all the way around as it can come loose & be a choking hazard!

Here are some Afghan Links to free patterns for blankets & afghans!

 

The Simunye Project

We’ve been asked to make onesies (click for recommended pattern), beanies, and comfort dolls (see next paragraph for preferred pattern) for a group of high school seniors from Principia School who will be going to South Africa this spring to participate in the Simunye Project. They will be part of a group of high school students from Australia doing service projects in orphanages, day care centers, a primary school, and an after-school care program. Information on this Australian group is available here.

Donations will be collected at the February and March meetings. Please put the GSLKG tags on each item. Beanies and onesies are the priority, but they’d love to have dolls too. When asked how many they need – “as many as you want to make” (just be sure they have brown faces). The pattern they prefer can be found at http://www.heartforafrica.org/files/Duduza_Dolls.pdf. Note that this link refers to a different project in a past year, but it’s the pattern that this current project is using. People don’t need to put on the label that this link refers to, because we’ll use our own guild tags instead. They’ve also asked for baby hats. No pattern was provided, because they just want simple beanies. (Hats –beanies- will be included in our Hat Challenge total.) For more information contact Patty Langton, 618-444-6174, pattylangton@gmail.com.

 

Warm Up America

Knitters make 7″ x 9″ “squares” of worsted weight yarn which are later sewn or crocheted into afghans, laprobes, crib covers, etc.

Warm Up America Squares

Here is our Warm Up America Handout  Please be sure to weave in your ends and be sure your squares measure 7″ x 9″, there is a template on our handout to use.

 

Chemo Caps
Soft yarn is knitted into comfortable hats for both women and children.

Another popular chemo cap is “Candy’s Happy Hat”.  In Feb. 2005, guild members responded to a challenge to make at least 1 happy hat before the next meeting by making 165 chemo hats!

The hats are lightweight, fun to knit & wear plus quick to make!

The pattern is here!

Baby Hats

Washable baby, sport, or double knit yarns are knitted into hundreds of easy to make, tiny hats for preemies that many of our area hospitals are eager to receive. There are never enough caps to meet the need. Note on baby cap sizes: a preemie cap should fit over an orange and a regular baby cap would be grapefruit sized.  Please use machine-washable acrylic yarn for preemie hats (do not use wool for preemies as wool around oxygen can spark).

Hats for Kids
Cute, colorful knitted caps from a variety of patterns are delivered each fall to various agencies to help warm hundreds of children each year.

Holiday projects have included:

  • A Tree of Warmth which was covered with mittens for children
  • Knitting sweaters for bears & dresses for Dolls which the Salvation Army gives to children of prisoners.
  • Knitted adorable stuffed animals that brighten the holidays for children.

At a recent Knit-Along, we knit prayer/comfort shawls.  Here is a pattern you may use:  Three in One ShawlMore info on prayer shawls are at Prayer Shawl Ministry and FriendshipShawl.org

Here is a list of the local charities the Guild has donated to:

Annie Malone Children’s Home

Board of Religious Organization (BRO)

Child Center-Marygrove

Children’s Home Society of St. Charles and St. Louis

Damano Shelter, Duluth, MN

Feed My People

FISH of St. Charles

Kennedy Clinic at Mercy St. Louis

Kenosha Human Development Center in Kenosha, WI.

Little Bit

Mercy St. Louis Pediatric Cancer Center

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Div

Neighborhood Houses

Nurses for Newborns

Oasis Children’s Christmas Party in St. Charles

Oasis Women’s Shelter

OM Ukraine’s Children and Youth Ministry

Our Lady – Defiance, MO

Pershing School, University City Public Schools

Room at the Inn, Bridgeton, MO

St. Peter & Paul Men’s Shelter

Salvation Army

Shriner’s Hospital for Children

Stitches for Life – Sts. Joachim and Ann Care