Folks, first I'd like to start out by thanking our good friend, and long time supporter Annemarie from New York. One night when she had insomnia she took the time to go back through my blog posts here and found some math discrepancies. She's helped me before by catching posts where I missed adding things and I really appreciate it. Sometimes I post early in the morning before work, or late at night after work. Tired eyes sometimes have issues. She found 5 posts (March 3rd and 11th, May 6th, Aug 21st, and Oct 26th), that needed corrections. I've made changes on those dates; but rather then edit ever single post from March 3 forward I'll make the adjustments here to our numbers.
Using yesterdays totals I'm showing the adjustments here:
Hats 955+(1 from 8-21)=956 (13 hats from the number we donated last year)
Scarves: 595-1(3-11) +1 (8-21) (124 scarves over what we donated last year)
Slippers: 144-1=143 (15 over last year)
Sweaters& Ponchos, Shawls, vests:8
Afghans: 42+2=44 (+1 (8-21) +1 (10-26) 11 short of last years
Mittens: 299 (41 more then last year)
Squares: 862 +9 (3-3)= 871 (19 more then last year)
Socks: 196 (137 less then last year)
Rain Poncho's 213 (3 less then last year)
Cotton Washcloths 539 +10 (5-6) -2 (8-21)=547 (256 more donated then last year)
Misc Items are not counted individually (such as personal care items, headbands, gators, yarn, wrist warmers/fingerless gloves, face-masks, neck warmers, t-shirts, soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, hand and foot warmers Teddy Bears and footies etc)
AND I wanted to share some recent Thank You emails. Lynn, a lady I meant several years ago at a sausage party (some of you will remember that story, but for those that don't here's the post), helps me by distributing to schools, and agencies in need. She and her husband volunteer at Holy Family Soup Kitchen, and have made many deliveries there. Here's a copy from their new director, Sharon Wing.
**this note from Sharon Wing
We here at Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry are very grateful for your kind donations.
We are praying for you and ask that you keep us and the Parish of Holy Family in your prayers.
God Bless You
Lynn also delivered some of our knitted and crocheted donations to several schools in need. Many schools have children that come without warm clothing to school. Some of these children are in fact homeless, some are from the various shelters. I'm happy we're able to reach out and in so many different ways. Thank you Lynn for helping with these deliveries. I know I'm not the only one who appreciates you.
**this note from Dorothy J. Lowery at Highland Elementary School
On behalf of the staff, students and families of Highland Elementary I would like to thank you for your generosity! We received your delivery of hats, gloves and; scarves. Our students were thrilled as many of them do not have these necessities. They were very excited as they got to choose something for themselves.
We appreciate you thinking of us!
Lynn also delivered some of our donations to her Daughter-in-law, Michelle Schroeck who is a teacher and knows the need first hand. Here's a nice email from her.
I would like to express my deepest thanks to you. My mother in law gave me a bag of beautiful hats. I am donating them to our school (Teays Valley Middle School West) and our community free store. Your dedication to helping others is heart warming. We really appreciate all of the love and work you and your organization has poured into these gifts of love.
All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated, and all donations keep someone warm. We help, one stitch at a time. YOU truly DO make a difference. THANK YOU!