Philanthropy "an act or gift done or made for mumanitarian purposes". The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations. This year the San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild will be focusing on the following organizations:
OZ North Coast, Operation Gratitude & Tet-A-Tet Hats!
Philanthropic projects are encouraged to provide support to charitable and non-profit organizations.
For questions or suggestions for future charities, contact Arlene Shaposhnick.
OZ North Coast
OZ North Coast is located in Oceanside, Ca. and was formed by the YMCA in 1970 as a shelter for runaway and homeless youth to give them a better chance at life. It serves teens 12-17 who are experiencing school and family difficulties and those who have runaway from abusive homes and are homeless. Over the past 40 years this organization has added programs and services to help with the needs of the community and these programs have reached out to serve over 40,000 youth and families each year. The shelter’s mission “is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to help all people realize their fullest potential through the development of spirit, mind and body” OZ North Coast offers temporary housing, support services, counseling, life skills training and workforce development for theses youth.
At any given time there are 350 to 500 homeless teens on the streets of San Diego plus those lucky enough to get into the shelters. When these kids receive a gift from a stranger it gives them a sense of well being and self worth…to know that others care and have taken the time to give them something is extremely special to each of them. This gift is sometimes the only thoughtful thing these kids have ever received.
The Guild will be donating hand knitted hats and scarves to the OZ North Coast program.
You can learn more about OZ at: http://www.yfs.ymca.org/residential-services/oz-shelter-services.html
“Operation Gratitude was formed in 2003 by volunteers in an effort to lift the spirits of our military serving overseas, meet their evolving needs and give volunteer opportunities to Americans to express thanks and appreciation to the members of our military.” Operation gratitude sends care packages to veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care givers and to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. In 2013 Operation Gratitude celebrated the delivery of their one millionth care package.
“Nothing expresses respect and thank you quite like an item made with love.” This year our Guild will be donating hand knitted hats and scarves to this extremely worthwhile organization .
It is important that we never forget the many men and women deployed overseas, some repeatedly, who are putting themselves in harm’s way in extremely unsafe, unfamiliar places. Many of the troops are still in combat zones and many active duty personnel are on “hardship tours” deployed at sea. They have left behind family and friends to fight for our safety and freedom and many endure the unthinkable. Many troops don’t have that someone special back home to encourage them. We in the Knitters Guild believe having our hand knit hats and scarves included in the care packages for the troops is a way to send a special thank you.
Below are some of the thank you notes received from our troops…
“Thank you for what you have done, are doing and continue to do for us out here. With much love and appreciation, you all make what we do feel that much easier to do and endure”
“It’s hard being away from my wife and two daughters but your words and gifts and support make it a little easier. Please keep doing what you’re doing. It means the world to all of us over here on this side of the world! And the individual label made it really heartfelt and special!”
There is information that will answer any questions you have about knitting for Operation Gratitude along with instructions for hats and scarves on this website please click to the left under Philanthropy-Operation Gratitude.
More information can be found about Operation Gratitude and you can read some of the heartwarming thank you notes that have been posted at: http://www.operation gratitude.com
Operation Gratitude can also be followed on facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest and Twitter.
Tete-a-Tete Hats was founded by a teenager, Taylor DeVries, who realized the need for head warmth for cancer patients and had a desire to help others. Tete-a-Tete distributes hats free of charge to cancer patients all over San Diego thru hospitals and doctor’s offices that help adults, children and premature babies.
Some of the facilities the hats go to are: Scripps Hospital, Rady Children’s, Scripps Polster Breast Center, San Diego Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House, Medical Oncology Assoc. of San Diego, to name a few.
Our Guild will be knitting hats for infants through adults, Tete-a-Tete is also in need of knitted slippers for chemo patients.
For more information about this organization click to the left under Philanthropy and Tete-a-Tete.
You can also find out more by going to Taylor’s blog at: http://tete-a-tete-hats.blogspot.com