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Always in Stitches does give charitable donations to community groups. We receive many requests each year to provide door prizes, fabric, cash donations and such. It is important these donations reach the intended consumer, and to that end, we have a form explaining how donation requests should be presented.
Please open/download/print-out the form and send in your proposal. Allow a month for processing PRIOR to the event date. All requests must follow this format.

Charitable Donations Form
Linus Blanket Guidelines
Quilts of Valor Guidelines
 
Knit your Bit

World War II and Korean veterans were pleased to receive the first 32 handmade scarves that our customers have donated through Knit Your Bit, a project of the National World War II Museum. The presentation was made during a Nov. 12 breakfast honoring veterans of all conflicts hosted by the Cicero Kiwanis and its youth organizations, the Hamilton Heights K Club and K-Kids. Knit Your Bit, named after a homefront campaign during WWII to get knitted items for the troops, is an ongoing project for the shop. Bring in donations any time and we will get them to local veterans.


Always in Stitches feels strongly about giving back to our community. It is a big part of our mission as a shop. Along with the programs linked below, we also find homes for the crafts left when our crafting friends pass away. The Indiana Department of Correction allow the inmates to use the crafts we send them to create toys for children all over the world and locally. Knitting and crochet groups often pick up donated yarn to make blankets for donation to Project Linus, as well as making scarves for the homeless and mittens for local children.

Everyone knows quilters and other needle crafters are good-hearted people, so it’s natural that the shop leads with its heart. We’ve collected Project Linus blankets for years; when our county chapter’s coordinator had to move on and the chapter nearly closed, the shop took on the coordinator’s responsibilities to ensure Project Linus continues to comfort local kids that are critically ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. In our first four months, we’ve distributed about 400 quilts and blankets.

 

Several ways our customers have been encouraged to Make A Difference are by donating a specific item for a particular cause. We’ve collected hat and glove sets, pet blankets, Project Linus blankets, ConKerr Cancer pillowcases, heart pillows and chemo caps for the local Women’s Center, and backpacks for a free clinic helping outfit kids for back to school. We have customers who continue to bring knit baby hats for preemies to the shop, where we make sure they are distributed.

 
                                                                                                                      Project Linus
Project Linus

Chapter funds do not pay for any salaries; we are volunteers. Chapter funds do help us cover the costs of purchasing supplies such as labels and blanketeer patches, as well as fabric, filling and notions for the growing demand of weighted blankets, postage, etc.

We are a drop off point and distribute Linus blankets within the local area. We love to get volunteers in several areas: making blankets, sewing Project Linus labels on (we have several sewing days a year), and delivery of blankets to sites where they are needed. If you are interested in helping out, please call the shop and talk to Ros. (317)776-4227
Ryan's Case for Smiles

Ryan's Case for Smiles
Several times a year, we put a call out for volunteers. A group comes in, and assembly line style they make pillowcases for area hospitals.