Although midsummer is just around the corner, with a bounty of wonderful things to eat and do, autumn is on my mind. Shhh....I don't say that too loudly. It seems to disturb my friends and neighbors. In truth, it brings me joy to think of hats, mittens, and socks, even as days grow warmer and warmer. And hats, mittens, and socks are at the top of our list for Nest this year.
Last year most of the donations we received were distributed in the Ft. Kent, Maine, area. They were given to children and adults at schools, hospitals, and day care centers. Laura, our contact in the Ft. Kent area, tells us that children's hats, mittens, and socks were the most popular items. Especially in unisex colors. So, more please! Some of your donations went to an elementary school in southern Maine. We also spoke to the coordinator for a refugee resettlement organization who is interested in accepting clothing for new members of our community.
We are setting a deadline of September 1, 2009. But no worries if you send it later. We can always find a home for donations, so the P.O. box will remain open all year. Although we are asking for rather basic items, feel free to send along other projects, too. We will accept small blankets, scarves, cowls, even sweaters and vests.
Enjoy your spring and summer. Keep that traveling basket stocked with yarn, needles, and hooks. Is there anything more wonderful than creating for others in the company of loved ones? I think not.
We hope to hear from you in the fall!