The Knitting Connection's Holiday
Our annual holiday party was held December 10, 2008 at the Grace Episcopal
Church in Medford from 11 to 2 pm. A total of 98 people attended
with three coming all the way from Mt. Morris Michigan. When they arrived
it was like Santa's sleigh came with a load of gifts they crafted:
a queen size quilt for TKC, quilted-lined Christmas stockings, pillows,
and special pillow cases.
2008 was a big year for us, we partnered with BJs and added the
Framingham Police Christmas Collection Drive to our list of recipients.
It was announced that that we have a data base of 2231 names, with
895 being knitters, crocheters and quilters and donated 6,260 items
to Children no questions asked. We have an Arizona chapter with 35
knitters and donate roughly 250 to 300 items.
Photos, courtesy Millie Blackmore
Sue A Manning announcing Kathy Whitman of Eliot Foundation. TKC
donated to five of their programs: Indigo, Starr, Horizon and Seaton
Houses and the YAVP program.
Whitman of Eliot Foundation presenting an award to The Knitting Connection.
After the Party and all is said and done, Sue finally sits
down to eat and to think there was no dessert.
Nora K Mangan of Bedford NH and grand-daughter of Sue A Manning has
come down almost every year to assist in pulling the names out of the
Basket for the Raffle.
Walter Hoszkiewicz and Leah Fiasconaro-Conway from Crotched
Mountain School for the Disable in Greenfield NH came down to Thank
the Knitters, Crocheters, and quilters for the generosity of gifts
for 130 students. In appreciation, they brought chocolate bars engraved
with "Thanks" made by the students for all the guests at
Matthysse and Linda Woodside, knitters of TKC, from a group that
meets at the First Parish Church in Weston MA, never leave home without
their knitting bag.
K Mangan, Grant J Mangan, Sue A Manning, Joey and Bethany from the
Riverbend School in Athol MA Grant, Joey and Bethany joined Nora
in pulling names for the Raffle. They were rewarded with gifts from
O'Brien from the Pedi unit of the Brain Injury at Spaulding Hospital
presented a collage of photos of the patients wearing our gifts.