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CHARITY PROJECT – March session

Good morning, all! Yesterday was the second session of our charity project for 2009. As you know, our project this year is teaching crochet to residents of Wichita Children’s Home. We were assigned to the older teen girls in the Independent Living section of the home. These young women are learning to live independently in the community.

Kelly, Mary, Sharon, Tamara and I (Rosina) took our yarn and hooks and eagerly headed out yesterday for the opportunity to help others learn the craft we all love so much. I was unable to participate in February, so did not know what to expect. I was so glad that we were greeted warmly and enthusiastically by the girls. Some had prior experience with crochet and just needed to be shown things like how to turn, how to finish off, etc. Others were new to crochet, but all were polite and seemed happy to have us there. Tamara was challenged by teaching a “leftie,” but her student bravely persevered and worked until the end — and she is getting it, slowly but surely.

One young man in the Independent Living program even made tea and served it to us on a tray with china cups and saucers! How special is that??

As we were packing up to leave after over 1½ hours of teaching, chatting and laughing, they wanted to know how soon we were coming back. They seemed genuinely disappointed to hear we were only scheduled for once a month. And we had attracted several pleasant young men (whom I suspect were not there for the lesson), and a few staff members.

I have never touted my teaching skills (or lack thereof), and had no idea if I would even be useful in this situation, but it was a very worthwhile afternoon for me. I am looking forward to being there again next month; I honestly believe these girls are giving to us every bit as much as we are giving to them! Understandably, we are not allowed to take pictures or I would flood this article with photos of us and these lovely young people.

If this is something in which you would like to participate, please take note of the announcement at April’s meeting for times and dates. It was a very rewarding experience!!

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KS My Stitch in Wichita, Kansas, is the local chapter of Crochet Guild of America. Our meetings are held the third Monday of each month, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome!

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