Friday, August 26, 2011

Yarn Donation From KFN

Today I'm sending out a huge box of yarn to the charity below.


Dear Knits for Needs,
You are ANGELS. We really need whatever you donate, especially fun fur.
Please send your donation to:
Handmade Especially for You
30065 Grandpoint Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275
Handmade is a real 501(c)3 so we will send you a receipt for your donation as soon as we receive it. If you're interested, here is an info letter we send to prospective volunteers/donors:

Welcome to Handmade Especially for You (501(c)3). We knit and crochet comfort scarves and distribute them to shelters for abused women. In 2010, we donated 10,000 comfort scarves to 27 shelters in CA. This looks like a lot, but we still need more because there is so much abuse that shelters are always full. Currently we make at least 800 scarves each month and send them to 43 shelters in S. CA. We need 5,000 for the Holidays so we really need YOU!

Here are the specs for making comfort scarves:

big needles (size 15 or 17) or big hooks (K, N, P)
soft yarn (for comfort)
happy color
at least 4 inches wide but no more than 5 inches wide
at least 60 inches long
open stitch (for distribution in a warm climate)
some decoration like fun fur or ribbon to individualize each scarf and make it a personal gift for the recipient

Please send your finished scarves to:

Handmade Especially for You c/o Leslye Borden
30065 Grandpoint Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

If you would like me to send you free yarn, please send me your address and tell me if you prefer knitting or crocheting. And please make a donation to cover the cost of my shipping the yarn to you. You can donate through PayPal. We have a link on our website:

Thanks in advance for your participation.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Leslye Borden, Founder
501(c)3 EIN: 26-3529292

If you need any other info or have other questions, please ask me. I'm easy to reach. 310 547 3673

Friday, August 19, 2011

N GA Knitting Guild Meeting

Last night I met with the North Georgia Knitting Guild to speak on behalf of our beloved charity, Knits For Needs. Naturally, I am wide awake at 4am Friday morning because I am so darned excited about how the meeting went and also about the future of KFN!

There were about 40 people in attendance, all knitting away, while I informed them about what we do here at KFN. Everyone was full of questions, ideas, and gratitude for the wonderful things we are doing together to make a difference in the lives of people in need. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that they had already collected some items for us and also made a sizable monetary donation to assist with our shipping costs! This awesome group donated: 3 super-cute knit toys (for a baby? possibly they could even be cat toys for shelter cats?), 4 hats, 2 scarves, 4 baby sets (tiny little hat & booties), and 8 bears. The bears will be donated to firemen who provide them to children affected by fire. I apologize for the lack of pictures, but, again, it is 4am and the lighting in here leaves much to be desired :)
I would like to send a huge THANK YOU out to all those in attendance for having me, for being so supportive, and for your donations! All indications point to NGKG becoming a huge contributor to our efforts!

As you know, our goal for this year is to provide 3,000 hand-knit/crocheted items to people in need. We have collected 329 items so far, so we have a long way to go, but I am confident we will reach our goal, especially since our donations pick up in the fall and winter months. If you are not sending your items in to KFN but are donating to charity on our behalf, please be sure to let me know so I can count your items.

In other news, I need a person who shares my vision about KFN who would like to brainstorm with me and help me with things I need to learn more about, such as registering as a 501(c)3, taxes, money, etc. As expected, Knits For Needs continues to grow and I need a "right-hand-man"! If you think you are the person for the "job", please let me know via email: Preferably, this person would be local and able to physically sit down and discuss subjects with me, but this is not a requirement.

One of the many things I love about Knits For Needs is that we take any and all knit/crocheted items and find homes for them. I feel that there are so many people (and animals!) out there who need a little love and we show it to them by taking our time and skills to reach out and let them know people care about them. Our items will not bring back someone's burned home or cure cancer, but they may just give a person the support, love, and strength they need to go on. I want to show this love to as many people as possible, so, as you know, we do not focus on particular items, but instead we collect and donate anything you knit or crochet. We WILL find homes for your items!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting and crocheting! Go KFN!