Monday, September 29, 2008

The Happy Hooksters of Elk Grove, IL

I sold a breast cancer awareness scarf pattern to Nina in Elk Grove, Illinois. It turns out she and a group of crocheters are going to use it to make pink scarves during the month of October to send to the American Cancer Society. We should all be so generous with our time and skills. Here is an excerpt from an article about this group:

What started out in 2005 as a lunchtime group with a common interest in crocheting and knitting, has steadily turned into a passion for providing a measure of warmth and care for those in need.
“We started out making gifts for our family, friends and co-workers, but then collectively decided to extend our reach to charitable projects, such as creating lap robes for the elderly

To date, the Happy Hooksters have completed several projects, including:
79 baby blankets and 22 newborn hats for Project Africa
72 lap robes for the elderly at the Meadow Brooks Nursing Home,
75 hat and scarf sets and 25 baby hats for the Primo Center—a shelter for homeless and
abused women and children.

The team shows no signs of stopping. They have made baby blankets for babies born to fellow employees, as well as lap robes for sick co-workers. For their future projects, the group has their sights set on creating:
Chemo caps for cancer patients,
Squares for Warm Up America,
Hat and scarf sets for a shelter,
Lap robes for veterans, and
Other projects submitted by members or co-workers (cancer awareness scarves).

Their passion has not gone unnoticed. Their work was highlighted in the book, “Open Your Heart with Art," published in 2007 and written by David L. Wilson. In his book, Wilson, interviewed several of the group’s members and even included the crochet pattern for their lap robes.

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