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FLORIDA

Palm Beach


Place of Hope is always in need of essentials. We collect anything ranging from clothing to children’s toys to household items. We would gladly accept any donations you have to offer. Thank you for what you are doing!

Place of Hope
9078 Isaiah Lane
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
561.775.7195 x.19
561.775.1758

Tampa

Hope Children’s Home
In-Kind Donations (your gently used clothes, furniture, etc.):  We operate a thrift store to help meet some of the needs we have such as the electric bill, insurance, etc.  If you have clothes, furniture, appliances, etc., which are still in working order, donate them to us and help the children.  All the money raised from the sale of donated items stays with Hope Children’s Home and directly impacts the lives of the children.  Donations can be dropped off at our donations barn on our property or at our Thrift Store located at I-275 and Fowler Ave in Tampa.

Hope International Ministries
11415 Hope Int’l Dr
Tampa, FL  33625
813.961.1214

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco

Bay Area Rescue Mission
We would appreciate donations of handmade/knit items for our homeless guests. Donations needed: Blankets, scarves, hats gloves and more

Drop-off locations and hours: Food Pantry & Distribution Center Bay Area Rescue Mission 123 Macdonald Avenue @ 2nd Street
Richmond, CA 94801 (510) 215-4887 M-Th: 8 am – 3 pm F-Sa: 8 am – 12 Noon

Please estimate the value of your donated items when dropping off the handmade items.

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The week of service effort is going great!  We’ve received reports of donations around the country, and we are so grateful for everyone’s help.  Your handmade donations going to those in need would make Susan’s heart so full of gratitude, if she knew.

There are a couple of events coming up that I wanted to let everyone know about. 

SALT LAKE CITY

Thursday, Feb. 11:

Knit Nights at two local yarn stores will be taking place on Thursday.  Sit and knit or crochet, chat, and work on projects for donation.  You can choose between Sandy and the downtown area at these fine stores:

Blazing Needles, knit night from 6-9pm.  I will be there with some friends and a big container of purple ribbons to hand out. 

Unraveled Sheep, knit night from 5-9pm.  Enjoy a fun group in the midst of beautiful yarn.  They’re very helpful to beginners, too.

Saturday, Feb. 13:

Jennifer Graves is organizing an event for Saturday morning at 10a.m. at her local church building: 5176 W Parr Drive in West Jordan, Utah.  Here is her message:

This week is Susan Powell Service Week. Groups all over are organizing serivce projects in her name. We are putting together a service project this Saturday the 13th at 10:00am at the LDS chapel located at 5176 W Parr Drive West Jordan Utah 84081 to have a baby blanket drive. We are asking people to bring fleece to donate and scissors to edge the blankets to donate to Primary Childrens Hospital. If you’re already working on a project and would like to come and work on it with us that would be wonderful too!

This should be a great event and lots of fun.  We would love to see everyone in Utah who can join us there!

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We don’t have huge major events planned for today, but there are still some things going on.

Pyallup, Washington

A special service project honoring Susan has been planned for Feb.  9th from 2 pm-3:30 pm @  Silver Creek Retirement and Assisted Living:

17607 91st Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98375
253-875-8644

Please come and join the crafting efforts in Susan’s name!

Salt Lake City

You can attend Knit Night at two Salt Lake area yarn stores:

Three Wishes Fiber Arts in West Jordan, Utah.  They have knit night tonight from 4-8pm.  Feel free to stop in, pull up a chair, and knit or crochet while enjoying the good conversation and lovely yarn surrounding you.

Kamille’s at Gardner Village, West Jordan, Utah.  Head upstairs in this quaint, remodeled pioneer house full of yarn goodness and enjoy crafting from 6-8pm. 

Also, Susan’s local church congregation has a fun, small group that meets twice monthly, called Hooks & Needles.  Anyone is more than welcome to join us.  We meet tonight at 7pm at a friend’s house so if you live in the area and want to come, you can contact me in the comments under this post or else via a Facebook message…or send an email to findsusanpowell@gmail.com.

Upcoming events:

Thursday night there will be Knit Nights at two more local knitting stores, Blazing Needles and Unraveled Sheep.  I will be attending the Blazing Needles night and I will be bringing a lot of purple ribbons to hand out for anyone in attendance.

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Yesterday was a whirlwind busy day: decorating, passing out fliers at all the local Roberts craft store locations, and of course the kick-off party for the Week of Service!

Blazing Needles, a local yarn store, has been so helpful in all of this Week of Service effort and asked us to come decorate the store premises yesterday morning.  You can see the results in this video clip from Fox13.  Thank you, Blazing Needles staff!

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There are now stacks of fliers in every Roberts crafts store in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys.  We are so grateful to Roberts for helping with the effort to find Susan!

The kick-off party last night at Hunter Library was a great success!  We had 35 people at one count, though more came in and out throughout the evening.  People had a great time meeting each other, socializing, and crafting together.  Families worked together on the floor, cutting fleece into blankets, and children crocheted baby hats while knitting needles clicked in the background. 

Several people and families have finished donations!  Here are the pictures from last night’s party:

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Linda and Shelley, cutting fleece

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Jennifer’s family, cutting more fleece for blankets

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Crystal and Isabel and kids, making ribbons

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Blankets donated by various families

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Baby hat crocheted by 11-year-old Rebecca

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Knitted hats and scarves made by Janeen

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Baby hat made on knitting loom by 11-year-old Ciara

We are so grateful and appreciative for everyone’s help and support.  We hope to meet more of you at events this week, and please continue to send in pictures of your finished items! 

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Welcome to the Week of Service!!!

Susan would be so deeply happy if she knew that people all over the world are crafting because of her this week, and giving to those in need. 

Events for Monday, February 8:

IN WASHINGTON:

A special service project honoring Susan has been planned for Feb. 8th & 9th from 2 pm-3:30 pm @  Silver Creek Retirement and Assisted Living:

17607 91st Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98375
253-875-8644

Please come and join the crafting efforts in Susan’s name!

IN UTAH:

Kick-off party tonight, 7pm at Hunter Library: 4740 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah.  Please join us!  Bring a craft to work on or just come and enjoy the good company and take home a purple ribbon.  We would love to meet you!

Here are some of my favorite knitting and crocheting pattern sites.  If you know of other good ones for charitable needs, post in the comments and I’ll add them. 

Crochet Pattern Central – thousands of free crochet patterns in every category you can imagine.

Knitting Pattern Central – thousands of free knitting patterns in every category you can imagine.

Ravelry – this is my very favorite website in the entire world.  For anyone who loves yarn and crafting with yarn, Ravelry is a haven for patterns, yarn information, social networking, posting pictures and notes of the projects you’ve done, and so much more.  Many thousands of free patterns are in the Ravelry database and registration is free.

I don’t know how to sew very well yet, so if anyone knows of good websites for sewing or other crafts, please leave those in the comments. 

Thank you for anything you can do this week to help others in Susan’s name!

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Here I will post some information about nationwide or worldwide donations and organizations.  If you know of others, please e-mail findsusanpowell@gmail.com with the subject “Week of Service.”

Afghans for Afghanistan.  This organization is in need of knitted and crocheted sweaters, vests, mittens, and socks for Afghan youth ages 7-14.

Relief Share is a non-profit that addresses the needs of all the sick and
suffering, no matter what the age.  Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the needs they assist with. You can help.  Check out their blog for more information.

Their current project is making and donating 240 twin size quilts to Shriners Childrens Hospital for their patients beds.  Shriners also needs hospital gowns for the older patients in adult sizes.  Out of the 240 quilts they have made, they only need another 98 to meet their goal.

What is needed? Flannel yardage for the back of the quilts, batting, fabric for the fronts of the quilts, sewing thread, sewing supplies, and of course, twin size quilts.

Newborns in Need provides supplies to babies that don’t have anything more than a disposable diaper to leave the hospital with. 

Sew, crochet, knit or donate baby items to the chapter nearest you. 

Here is a website listing thousands of homeless shelters across the United States.  Call the ones near you to see what their current needs are. 

There’s a listing here of women’s shelters across the United States, and you can also call the ones in your area for current needs.

The LDS Humanitarian Center is always in need of items to be shipped worldwide to victims of natural disasters and other things.  They love to receive handmade items, including knitted and crocheted clothes and toys, quilts, soft dolls and clothes, and other things.  Click here to see their list of items and here for patterns.

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Detroit

These two hospitals are both inner city hospitals with a lot of moms and babies in need. They will take anything, basically. No color restrictions or anything.  For these babies, they need clothing, blankets, hats – whatever they can get.
 
Hutzel Women’s Hospital
3980 John R
Detroit, MI 48201
(888) DMC-2500
http://www.hutzel.org/hutzel/
  
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
http://www.henryfordhealth.org/body.cfm?id=45404
(This is their main, and most in-need -inner city-hospital, but they have several hospitals in their system, like IHC does.)
 
LDS Family Services
37634 Enterprise Ct.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
(248) 553-0902
 
Safe House Center
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 973-0242
http://www.safehousecenter.org/doners-info.html
They will take basically anything other than used clothing.

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