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I'm working on some plans for my upcoming charity crafting. As you might know, I have something on the go 98% of the time, and I've found that I work best when I have a place I am actively crafting for with a fairly close goal in mind. I need the (sort of) instant gratification. :)

I've found a few more places I would like to contribute to. I thought I would share them here, because if I want to contribute obviously I think they're worthy causes and in that case, I should share them with others who might want to help too.

First off is a fairly new one. Safe Haven Foster Shoppe. They pack backpacks and diaper bags for kids going into the foster care system. They're based in the Twin Cities, with drop locations in various places including one here in Menomonie! Wooo!! I'm planning a few things for them. So far I have prepared:

1 baby blanket
1 baby dress
1 (possibly 2) baby sweaters

Plus, I am a few rows away from a baby hat, and I redownloaded the baby ball pattern I made for Michelle when she had Adecyn's gender reveal. I thought a few little balls would be a fun thing for them to include in the baby ones.

Next we have The King's Closet. It's located in Eau Claire in a place that I have to have Jerek take me to, so I don't know when I'll actually get here (it'll have to be on the first Saturday of a month, but when he'll actually be around on a first Saturday is anybody's guess.) They accept all manner of things, but I'm specifically planning some houseware type donations. I notice they're usually pretty low on cloths, pot holders, etc. I'm going to make some of Bev's Easy Turn on Itself Potholders, which I usually do in half double crochet with a G hook. It's a tad bit faster, you know. They work just as well though. It's double thickness without having to make two of anything! Whee! Lol. They seem to have a decent stock of warm accessories, and it's coming up spring anyway so I'm not worrying about that. I may do some baby socks/booties, scratch mitts, and possibly a ball or toy too but the focus will be housewares.

I also want to donate to Helping Hands for Our Children in the Chippewa Valley again. I don't know if I blogged about them before or not. I've donated to them twice, it's a lovely organization. I have a few things ready for them already too:

1 baby blanket
1 baby sweater
1 baby dress

They take children's things from newborn on up. I may make a few preemie things as well as occasionally they'll have a mom post looking for some.

I'm also taking 2 pairs of slippers to The Bridge to Hope here in town. I was going to take more but I got slippered out. I plan to do more in the future. I may drop these off today.

Here are some photos:

The blanket, dress and sweater for Safe Haven

The blanket, sweater and dress for Helping Hands

Bridge to Hope's slippers


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