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Culling stash in Michigan
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Aug 1, 2019 12:15:09   #
Saint Helen - between Houghton Lake and West Branch, exit 222 off I-75
Aug 1, 2019 12:16:43   #
I'm giving away yarn - would you have sent me a PM about that?
Aug 1, 2019 12:29:27   #
Jean K (a regular here)
I just sent a pm. However, you have received many good recommendations, so if you find a local group, that is just fine with me. Jean K
Aug 1, 2019 12:34:18   #
Groups that help immigrants sometimes use knitting as a group activity, where newcomers can practice their English as well as knitting skills. (The language is probably more important than the knitting, actually....). There is one such group in Tucson, I know, and maybe others? Donations of yarn are always really welcome there.
Aug 1, 2019 12:50:30   #
carol zinn
PJColdren. I too do not give to Goodwill for the very reason you stated. However, check out Salvation Army. I give to them as much as possible.
Aug 1, 2019 13:58:07   #
I’m in Michigan and I just donated my stash to my girlfriend (who doesn’t knit) who works with a Senior/handicap ,center. They use the yarn plus other materials such as painting brushes, etc. Nothing is sold just donated again to the homeless.
I will check with my girlfriend if they can use more yarn, I’m sure she would say “yes” as they can never have before.
You can pm me to continue this discussion if you are interested, I live in Troy, Michigan
Aug 1, 2019 15:48:12   #
There are some women’s prisons (and men’s too) that are teaching inmates to knit and crochet. If all else fails, that would be an option. My younger sister is the one who gets all the yarn from people whose mother, aunt etc. have passed and they want to get rid of the craft supplies. I agree that art teachers in the schools would be a great idea. I thank you for your generosity.
Aug 1, 2019 17:11:48   #
Hi again, I noticed someone suggested immigrants I also work and mentor refugees that we do those activities as most of them used to do this in their country but were unable to bring anything with them and also between them having to leave their country and the US sometimes it takes several years before they get here.
Aug 1, 2019 17:42:30   #
books (a regular here)
pjcoldren wrote:
For all of you with suggestions about how to get rid of my yarn without mailing it: here goes.

I live in a VERY small town in northern lower Michigan. I AM that lady that everyone in town, including strangers, brings their excess yarn to. The nearest Goodwill is an hour's drive away; I refuse to donate to them (check to see how much their CEO makes vs. how much he pays his developmentally disabled workers); St. Vincent de Paul is much closer and I refuse to support a church whose policies (anti-women) I disagree with; there is a local donation place and they don't charge anyone who comes in for clothes, household goods, etc. I donate MANY things to them and have seen items in that facility show up in local yard sales . . . why should I donate my (in some cases very good) yarn so somebody else can make money off it.

My way of handling the postage issue is this: I put an envelope in with the yarn. IF the recipient wants to reimburse me (which they are under no obligation to do, as I assume they are knitting items for donation of some kind or another), they are requested to put however much $$ they want IN CASH in the envelope and mail it to the AFC (adult foster care) facility where my developmentally disabled sister of blessed memory lived for many years. If the operator gets cash in the mail - it isn't a bribe. No need to tell them where it came from . . . pennies from heaven. Again, no obligation to donate, no desire on my part to know how much, if any, was donated.

If you have any issues with any of the above, please PM me and we can discuss this in private. Thank you all for your words of support.

I will be sorting through replies on Friday, and will try to notify all and sundry sometime on Sunday - I'm going on a knitting mini-retreat on Saturday. Mailings will probably go out on Monday.
For all of you with suggestions about how to get r... (show quote)

It's lovely for you to do this, bless you.
Aug 1, 2019 17:51:54   #
mathrox (a regular here)
Pjcoldren .... maybe I missed a post .... do you think people were being critical? We were all just trying to find ways to help. Thanks for explaining your situation about where you live. Coming from NJ, small towns here are not really that small ....
I hope you find the best choice of place to donate your yarn .... it is lovely of you. And very sweet that you are willing to pay postage for someone who possibly can't.
Aug 1, 2019 18:37:48   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
I donate all my leftover yarns and/or yarns I know I won't use to either the Red Cross or the hospital, the Red Cross makes the trauma bears to give to children that have had an accident or unwell ....I don't have the time to knit as much as I would like for charity so it's my way of helping, so I usually add extra to my donating bags

So kind of you to donate all your extra yarns
Aug 2, 2019 05:40:13   #
Like you, I receive a lot of yarn as people see me knitting or crocheting wherever I go. Like you I would rather donate my yarn to other people I know or other people on this sight that knits or crochets for the numerous charities. We have a lot of nice people on this forum that does amazing things for other people. I at one time was not in a position to spend ANY funds whatsoever for yarn and knitting and crocheting was stress reliever. A friend of mine wanted to know why I was so down in the dumps one day and I told her how much I missed my knitting and crocheting. A fellow employee heard me and asked me if I would crochet him an afghan to go over his couch and how much I would charge him. I told him that if he would purchase the yarn that I would do it for free and to spread the word in case someone else wanted me to knit or crochet something for them for free. My financial situation has vastly improved over the years. Now I buy yarn when it on sale and I donate a lot of it to several grandmothers that knit and crochet but can't afford the yarn because of their financial situation. I have been in their situation before so I know how much they appreciate the donated yarn. I applaud your decision to donate to someone on this forum that does so much charity work. If the person you decide to donate to is not able to send any money toward shipping cost, let me know and I would be more than happy to donate to your choice as stated in your post.
Aug 9, 2019 22:13:08   #
Irene P (a regular here)
You might want to check with the churches or synagogues, or hospitals and homeless shelters, in your area and find out if they have people knitting and crocheting for charity. I am sure there may be some who could use the yarn. Best wishes in finding them.
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