Friday, May 23, 2008

Yarns for Bonnie Babies

A swapper asked if there are any no-go yarns for items for the UK/European charity 'Bonnie Babies'. Their response is simply 'no mohair type yarns'. I think this is because mohair moults and therefore presents a choking hazard. They accept and use items made from any other yarns.
They are looking specifically for donations of any baby clothes in very small and preemie sizes, baby blankets (at least 18" square), and hats, etc...

Anyone who is interested in donating items other than knits may like to visit the website (linked in the sidebar here) where details are given of what they are looking for as well as the knits we are hoping to provide. E.g. they accept donations of raw materials for knitting and sewing baby items. This includes ribbons, buttons, yarn, and wedding dresses (which provide good fabrics for burial gowns - sadly much-needed items).

Thursday, May 8, 2008

U.S. Charity: The Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund started in 1948 when the Variety Club of New England (now the Variety Children's Charity of New England) and the Boston Braves baseball team joined forces to help a 12-year-old cancer patient dubbed "Jimmy." On a national radio broadcast, millions heard the boy visit with his heroes from the Braves as they stood by his hospital bed. Contributions poured in from people everywhere, launching an effort that continues to bring hope to thousands of children and adults facing cancer throughout the world.

The Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a place where children and their families find hope. For people in New England and around the globe, the Jimmy Fund Clinic is one of the world's premier centers for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Starting in the 1940s, when Institute founder Sidney Farber, M.D. used drug therapy to achieve the first-ever remissions of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Dana-Farber researchers have made strides against virtually every type of cancer that strikes children, from solid tumors that involve individual organs to those that affect blood or lymph.

The clinic is also a place where vintage Disney paintings adorn the walls, the waiting rooms are playrooms, and caring doctors and nurses provide expert and compassionate care for children with cancer.
Designed specifically for the comfort and convenience of pediatric cancer patients and their families, the Jimmy Fund Clinic follows Farber's "total patient care" philosophy, assuring that a patient's psychological, family and spiritual needs, as well as their medical needs, are met.
Through a unique and long-standing collaboration, Jimmy Fund Clinic patients receive inpatient care when needed at nearby Children's Hospital Boston, the nation's premier pediatric medical center.

The above information taken from

In addition, any hats, that can not be used by the Jimmy Fund Clinic will go directly to another charity of the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber called Caps for Kids. CAPS FOR KIDS is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that began in 1984 with hand made hats that were donated to local agencies for needy children. Since then tens of thousands of hats have been donated nationally each year. They have donated 21,000+ hats to local children in Boston, including more than 5000 hats in ’07. These hats have been made by friends and employees of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and are distributed each December to day care centers, elementary schools, housing shelters for families, organizations for homeless children, and neighborhood health and community centers in Boston. Children who receive Caps for Kids range mostly from preemies through elementary school age, although we also include hats for children up through 17 yrs old in their contributions to homeless organizations.