Handmade for the Holidays

Melissa Averinos and I have cooked up something really fun and, we hope, truly helpful to those in need this holiday season:

handmade for the holidays

I’ll have more on this in the coming days and weeks, but for now here’s the official word:

This holiday season, Melissa Averinos and Beth Dunn invite you to create hand-knit items for donation to local women and children in need. Handmade for the Holidays, in partnership with Harwichport-based nonprofit We Can, will collect hand-knit hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and quilts for delivery to Cape Cod residents who are going through difficult economic and emotional times. Handmade for the Holidays is also accepting donations of yarn, needles, and other knitting and crafting supplies to be used by local volunteer crafters.

The staff of WE CAN will ensure that the items go directly to needy women and families in time for the holiday season. All participants — and the general public — are invited to celebrate the conclusion of the project at a public open house at Yummy Goods on Friday, December 4, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Handmade for the Holidays especially requests the following items in adult AND child sizes:

  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Blankets
  • Quilts
  • Softies (handmade stuffed animals)

Get together with other participants and create your items in a relaxed group setting at one of two gatherings at Yummy Goods in November:

  • Wednesday, November 11, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 20, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Beginners are welcome, and registrants will be notified about what type of materials to bring along if you need guidance. (Feel free to bring your own projects if not a beginner.) Relaxed and inclusive instruction will be provided.

Click here to register for any aspect of Handmade for the Holidays, whether as a crafter/creator, a donor of materials, or to attend the grand finale — the public open house at Yummy Goods on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We’d love to have you!

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