Ongoing Needs

This blog is live for historic purposes only. The wonderful people who supported me in this project deserve recognition and I refuse to delete it and all records of our hard work. Thank you all for your support. Please see my latest post for information regarding the future of this program.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Weekly Update - July 28, 2013

Beth P

Kimberly R

Tina V pic 1 of 2

Tina V pic 2 of 2
From Jackie N (and her knitting assistant Belle Beaumont the cat)
Mary K

Val S

Our current assignments:
Coats for Kids Drive 2013

24 Infant Hats (Need 0 more for current Coats for Kids Drive). 
200 Children's Hats for ages 2-10 (Need 59 more for Coats for Kids Drive). 
200 Adult Hats -Mostly Women's (Need 0 more for Coats for Kids Drive). 
200 Children's Mittens (Need 165 more for Coats for Kids Drive).
75 Children's Slipper Socks (Need 72 more for Coats for Kids Drive).
75 Adult's Slipper Socks (Need 73 more for Coats for Kids Drive).
150 Women's Scarves (Need 51 more for Coats for Kids Drive). 

Have you joined us on Facebook yet? If not, you are welcome to! I would like to share a couple posts I made there last week that you may find helpful.

Here is the first post:
Today I emailed my local Senior Center to see if I could recruit some help for our projects. I would like to challenge each of you to do the same in your local community. This is the (very simple) email I sent:
Good morning,
My name is Beth and I am the leader of Beth's Hats for Hope Initiative: Massachusetts. We make hats, mittens, scarves, blankets and other items for homeless and working poor of Massachusetts.

I am wondering if any of the Seniors that are in your program are interested in helping by knitting or crocheting items.

Thank you,
Beth Pitard
Of course you would have to edit it slightly, but you are welcome to use my email as a conversation starter.

Here is a list of City and Town Web Sites within Massachusetts.

Just look for Senior Services or Elder Affairs (or something similar) and there should be an email address. If you are unable to find one you should at least be able to find an email address for the Town Clerk who should be able to help you.

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This is the second post:
Patterns on Ravelry
Free patterns for children's hats:

Free patterns for children's mittens:

Free patterns for children's slippers:

Free patterns for adult slippers:

Free scarf patterns:

You can view our Current Projects and needs list at any time by visiting our blog and clicking the links on the right side.

Of course, at any time if you have any question please message or email me.
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IMPORTANT!  The Franklin, MA address is no longer a valid shipping address for us. Effective August 1, 2013, any packages received at the Franklin, MA address will be returned to you - I can't have mail forwarded because its a UPS Store. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. 
We do have a new PO Box address as of today but I will NOT be able to check it until August 10th so please HOLD your shipment until next week. If you have my home address you can use it and there will be someone here to receive mail.

Another important reminder - if you are sending mittens, socks or slippers, could you please take a moment to tie them together? It will save me the time when I am sorting through donations and I'd hate for mittens to lose their mates. Thank you!

If your organization will need hats for the 2013/14 winter season please send an email to We are taking requests at this time and will do all we can to help.

If you are looking for a great project to be part of, please check the Needs/Wish List page and Current Projects page for more information or Contact Us.

Have a great week!
Beth Pitard
Chapter Leader, Beth's Hats for Hope Initiative: Massachusetts

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