Up-Stitch is committed to giving away fabric and yarn to individuals or groups in the community that are stitching for a good cause. If you, or someone you know, is interested in receiving a donation from us please contact us!


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Albany High Knitting CLub

Redistribution, September 2019

Up-Stitch donated a bag of colorful yarn to an Albany City School District teacher. She is starting an afterschool knitting club for students at Albany High School, fun!!

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“meet, munch , and more”

Redistribution, August 2019

Up-Stitch donated fabric and yarn to the Pine Hills Improvement Group for their annual Fall "Meet, Munch and More" event. The materials will be used for circular weaving in bicycle wheels and making small yarn weavings with popsicle sticks!

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The Friends of Kakamega

Redistribution, July 2019

We recently had the opportunity to donate lots and lots of yarn to the wonderful organization The Friends of Kakamega. The yarn and other supplies went with Anna Schupack on a mission to Kenya to support the work of The Friends. We were also able to send along 50 handmade drawstring and zipper pouches to give to away to grateful students and teachers. Our amazing volunteer Maureen Lamb made all the pouches. Thank you Maureen and Anna!

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St. Vincent de Paul knitting group

Redistribution, July 2019

Up-Stitch donated a box of yarn and knitting needles to Marcela’s knitting group at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Albany NY. The group meets on Sundays in the cafeteria from 9:45-10:45am and everyone is welcome regardless of religion. The idea is to help those wishing to learn or refine their craft, allow members of all ages gather for something they enjoy, and at the same time create projects for the community.

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The Mooncatcher Project

Redistribution, July 2019

We donated some of our excess cotton fabric on to a wonderful local organization called The Mooncatcher Project. Girls in developing countries often drop out of school when they reach puberty because they have no access to feminine hygiene products. The MoonCatcher Project provides reusable, washable, menstrual pads that can be worn without underwear to girls in the poorest communities worldwide.

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Surgical Cap donation

Community Project, June 2019

Up-Stitch donated 95 colorful surgical caps to local Albany hospitals. Our volunteers used donated cotton scrap fabric and sewed it into caps during afternoon workshops and sorting parties. The caps will be given to patients who are are on their way to surgery.

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Trinity alliance food pantry

Redistribution, June 2019

Up-Stitch donated a box of yarn and needles to the Trinity Alliance Food Pantries of the Capital Region. The materials are given to individuals visiting the food pantry as nourishment for the soul.

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literacy volunteers of Rensselaer County

Redistribution, June 2019

Up-Stitch gave a donation of brightly colored knit fabric to the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. Their goal is to teach English language and workplace “soft skills” while giving learners hands-on instruction in sewing, providing an opportunity for low-income immigrant and refugee women to gain marketable skills. The Sewing and English Language Workplace Skills Class is a new program being offered in Albany at no cost to learners. The class currently has eight women, with the ultimate goal of placing them in employment as sewers with area businesses.

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Venture Churches Food Pantry

Redistribution, June 2019

We donated a box of yarn and needles to the Venture Churches Food Pantry located at the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem in Selkirk, NY.

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Troy Flag Day Parade

Redistribution, May 2019

Up-Stitch donated a box of fabric and trim to a group from Troy who hosted a Flag Day Parade on June 14th. The parade will be a celebration of multiplicity and heterogeneity featuring flags honoring the creatures who know no borders (fish, seeds, plants, insects, etc). Our supplies were used by the members to create their flags!

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Coeymans Hollow

Redistribution, May 2019

Up-Stitch donated yarn and fabric to the Coeymans Hollow Trinity United Methodist Church. They used the donated yarn to knit or crochet shawls for their shawl ministry. They are given to anyone who is experiencing a life struggle and need to feel wrapped in prayer. The fabric was used to sew tiny quilts for NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) newborns to give them a sense of coziness and love.

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Woodland Hill Montessori School

Redistribution, May 2019

Up-Stitch donated a bag of cotton fabric to Woodland Hill Montessori School where the Lower Elementary students used it to sew activity bags for children at Joseph’s House in Troy. Joseph’s House offers emergency shelter to families who are homeless. Often children arrive at Joseph’s house without toys or activities to occupy them.

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Rensselaer Crafters

Redistribution, May 2019
Up-Stitch donated 2 boxes of fabric and 2 bags of stuffing to the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, a local organization dedicated to improving English literacy for immigrants. The sewing classes they host provide a social environment in which participants learn sewing terms and techniques while practicing their English conversation skills.

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Albany Public Schools

Community Project, April 2019
More beautiful winter wear for kids in the Albany Public Schools made by our community members with upcycled items from Up-Stitch. Way to keep it out of the landfills! These items were donated to the Pine Hills Elementary School in Albany. Thank you everyone!

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Winter Hats for Public Schools

Community Project, March 2019
This past winter we asked our community to take some yarn from the shop and knit or crochet a winter item for kids in our local schools. Our amazing knitters and crocheters made some wonderful items! These 15 scarves and 4 hats were donated to the following Albany Public Schools: TOAST, ASH, Pine Hills & Delaware Community School. Thank you everyone!

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Albany Public School Art

Redistribution, March 2019

Up-Stitch is always happy to give supplies to teachers! We recently donated upholstery fabric for a sculpture project and doilies for use with clay to Joe Allard - an elementary art teacher in the Albany City Schools.

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STITCHING EXCHANGE

Redistribution, March 2019

Up-Stitch recently gave a tote bag of cotton fabric to Melissa Sarris’s “Stitching Exchange”, a learn-English workshop for immigrants that uses sewing and embroidery as the common language. Melissa is also working with RISSE in Albany, NY. Follow the story at
@stitchexchange and melissasarris.com

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Shaker High School Art

Redistribution, February 2019

Kim Case, an art teacher at Shaker High School, contacted us to get buttons, lace and fabric for her upcoming collage and clay units. Lots of texture and color!

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St. James Food Pantry

Redistribution, January 2019

Up-Stitch donated a box of yarn and needles to the St. James Food Pantry in Albany. A little nourishment for knitters in need.

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New Scotland Elementary School

Community Project, January 2019

This winter we asked our volunteers to take some yarn from the shop and knit or crochet a winter item for kids in our local schools. Our wonderful volunteers exceeded our
expectations as always! Here are the beautiful items they created which will be donated to the New Scotland Elementary School in Albany. Thank you everyone!

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Shaker High School

Redistribution, January 2019

In October we gave a box of assorted fabric and trim to Genevieve Chornyak, the Fashion Illustration teacher at Shaker High School in Latham. She recently sent us these photos of her student’s work. She said, “most students are physically disabled and this was a great project to allow them to make choices and cut and glue with the assistance of their aides.”

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Jezreel International

Community Project, November 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of knitted and crocheted items to Jezreel International, an Albany based humanitarian aid organization. Some of these clothing items came to Up-Stitch as UFOs (un-finished objects) and were completed by our talented volunteers.

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Grassroot Givers

Community Project, November 2018

Up-Stitch recently donated 81 handmade dishcloths to Grassroot Givers, a wonderful Albany organization, for their “A Simple Day of Giving” event on November 17th. At the
event community members will gather to create beautiful gifts of home essentials and personal hygiene products. These gifts will go directly to low-income individuals and families, shelters, schools, non-profit agencies, literacy programs and other community partners in the Capital Region.

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Make a blanket

Redistribution, November 2018

We had the opportunity to pass along a pile of fleece to Katy Noakes who will be hosting a “Make a Blanket” event on Wednesday November 28th at the Guilderland Public Library. All blankets made at the event will stay local and benefit homeless veterans and children in shelters.

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Woodland Hill Montessori school

Redistribution, October 2018

Up-Stitch donated several boxes of fabric to Woodland Hill Montessori School (where Megan teaches art) and it was used by the students to decorate the construction fence around the main entrance to the school. Upcycling and community art all in one!

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Hackett middle school

Redistribution, October 2018

Up-Stitch put together a box of fabric for Fran DelSignore, a teacher at Hackett Middle School who used the fabric for the school’s upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid.” Break a leg!

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SHAKER HIGH SCHOOL

Redistribution, October 2018

Up-Stitch put together a box of assorted fabric and trim for Genevieve Chornyak, the Fashion Illustration teacher at Shaker High School in Latham. Her students used the supplies in an upcoming Mood Board presentation project. Sounds intriguing!

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QUilTS for kids

Redistribution, October 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of cotton and flannel fabric to the local chapter of the organization Quilts for Kids. There are wonderful people donating their time there!

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ASH School ALBANY

Redistribution, October 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of fabric and a box of yarn to Amanda Mannato - the art teacher at ASH School in Albany. She is planning to make a dragon mosaic and other
fantastic projects with the supplies!

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Presbyterian Church in New Scotland

Redistribution, September 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of yarn to the Presbyterian Church in New Scotland where it will be used to knit hats to be given to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in
Albany. So happy that this unwanted yarn was put to such good use!

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Albany Art Room

Redistribution, August 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of yarn to Beth Joslin who used it to teach weaving to her pottery class at the Albany Art Room. There’s always something fun happening here!!

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Little dresses for africa

Redistribution, August 2018

Up-Stitch mailed a box of trim and fabric to the organization Little Dresses for Africa. They distributed the materials to people who made dresses for girls in developing countries.

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Troy boys & girls club

Redistribution, July 2018

Up-Stitch donated a box of interesting fabric scraps to our friend Melissa Sarris who is working with the Troy Boys & Girls Club on a summer program of quilting called “Hip Hop Sew.” Looking forward to seeing the finished projects!

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WoodlanD hill montessori school

Redistribution, July 2018

Up-Stitch donated boxes of fabric scraps, yarn and cotton to Woodland Hill Montessori School teacher Toni Roland. Toni taught students in the summer program to weave with burlap, sew an apron and then wear the apron to cook something yummy!

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Local knitter & crocheter

Redistribution, July 2018

Up-Stitch donated this yarn to a local knitter and crocheter who makes blankets, scarves, hats and sometimes sweaters to donate to City Mission, St. Peter’s Hospital, Daughters of Sarah Elder Care, the Humane Society, the Ronald McDonald House and Michael’s holiday collection.

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Quilting Friends

Redistribution, July 2018

Up-Stitch often receives donations of partially finished projects, especially quilts! We finally found someone to take them. The Bethlehem Lutheran Church Quilting Friends in Delmar will finish the projects and donate them to people in need.

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little dresses for africa

Redistribution, June 2018

After putting out a message that we would like to give away fabric we were contacted by Sharon who makes dresses for the organization Little Dresses for Africa. She picked up 2 boxes of free fabric from us and transformed them into 25 dresses to send to girls in
need. She sent us a photo of the first 2 dresses - adorable!

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North Albany Academy Elementary School

Redistribution, June 2018

Up-Stitch recently connected with some local teachers and we had fun giving away loads of supplies that will be used in lots of creative ways! Mr. Obaroene works at O’Neil
Middle School made puppets with the kids at the North Albany Academy Elementary School that summer. We were able to give him: buttons, 2 bolts of fabric, 2 bags of fabric including some fun fur and one box of yarn.

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grassroot givers

Redistribution, June 2018

We have been trying to clean out our storage space at Up-Stitch to make more room for donations! This week we donated 6 bags of bed sheets to the local organization   Grassroot Givers. This wonderful organization provides home good and linens (as well as clothes and other household items) to families in need for no cost.

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south end children’s cafe

Redistribution, June 2018

Up-Stitch had the opportunity to donate a box of yarn and needles to Laura Cooper for her summer knitting program at the South End Children’s Cafe. The cafe is a local Albany organization focused on positively influencing the physical and mental health of children in Albany by offering free, healthy dinners as well as homework help, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts.

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Collar works gallery

Redistribution, April 2018

Up-Stitch (with help from our volunteers) put together a donation of embroidery supplies for the artist and quilter Melissa Sarris for an exhibition entitled Dislocations at the Collar Works Gallery in Troy. Melissa exhibited embroidery developed in conjunction with women incarcerated in NYS. In Melissa’s words: “The intention of the embroidery project is to make the invisible voices of the incarcerated visible, allowing their humanity to shine through.”

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albany high school

Redistribution, April 2018

Up-Stitch recently connected with the Art Teachers at Albany High School and we were able to donate some supplies to their program! We gave them boxes of yarn,
embroidery floss, fabric scraps and some sheets. Fun projects ahead for Fall!

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Albany international center

Redistribution, March 2018

Up-Stitch donated basic sewing tools for 8 students who will be attending a new after school sewing group at the Albany International Center. The program is based at
North Albany Academy and aims to give refugee and immigrant students the tools and skills they need to assimilate to a new culture.

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The friends of kakamega

Redistribution, March 2018

We recently had the opportunity to donate 32 pairs of knitting needles and a whole lot of yarn to the wonderful organization The Friends of Kakamega. The yarn and needles went with Anna Schupack on a mission to Kenya to support the work of The Friends.

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St. Vincent’s Food Pantry

Redistribution, March 2018

Up-Stitch made a recent yarn donation to St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Albany. The food pantry serves guests in the Pine Hills and Eagle Point neighborhoods in Albany.

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albany international center

Redistribution, March 2018

Up-Stitch made a yarn donation to the art classroom at the Albany International Center. The Center serves about 175 refugee and immigrant students in grades 6-12 from throughout Albany who are in the early stages of learning English.

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FLEECE

Redistribution, February 2018

Up-Stitch had the opportunity to donate fleece fabric to Joanne Buckley, a Third Grade Teacher at Latham Ridge School. Her students made no-sew fleece blankets for children in need. They gave 8 blankets to Albany Medical Center and sent the remainder to Texas to those still recovering from the hurricane.

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RISSE

Redistribution, January 2018

Up-Stitch had the opportunity to donate fabric for 2 quilts Anna and Karen Schupack created for a fundraiser at the RISSE Center in Albany. The quilts incorporate self portraits
made by refugee children Anna worked with at the center.

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capitol city rescue mission

Community Project, December 2017

Up-Stitch held a Charity Knit-In Workshop which turned out to be a wonderful get together and very productive. Up-Stitch donated 28 adult winter hats, 3 fur hats, 2 baby hats, 15 scarves and 6 baby blankets. Thank you to Heather Sabina for organizing and delivering all the donations to the Capital City Rescue Mission.

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St. vincent’s pre-school

Community Project, November 2017

This Fall Maggie worked with the students at the wonderful St. Vincent’s Preschool in Albany to create a quilt from Up-Stitch fabrics! The students were able to choose their materials in their own miniature “fabric shop” and Maggie showed them how to use a rotary cutter and sew. Creating future sewers while upcycling fabric!

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Schenectady inner city ministry

Redistribution, November 2017

While participating in America Recycles Day Schenectady Up-Stitch had the opportunity to pass along some beautiful yarn to the inspiring Sit N Knit program at the Schenectady Inner City Ministry!!

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HUGS USA

Redistribution, October 2017

We had the opportunity to pass along a pile of fleece to Compassionate Warmth - a local organization sponsored by Hugs USA. The group utilized community volunteers to turn the fleece into no-sew blankets. Some of the finished blankets were sent to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims while the rest will be given away locally to those in need.

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GRASSROOT GIVERS

Community Project, October 2017

Up-Stitch recently held a knitting circle to benefit Grassroot Givers, a wonderful Albany organization. One of Grassroot’s programs is to provide dishcloths to individuals
transitioning from shelters into their own residences! Up-Stitch was able to deliver 24 dishcloths to Grassroots to be used as housewarming gifts!

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waldorf school of saratoga springs

Redistribution, October 2017

While participating in Sustainable Saratoga’s recent recycling event Up-Stitch had the opportunity to pass along some beautiful yarn to the Waldorf School of
Saratoga Springs
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rohde center food pantry

Redistribution, September 2017

Up-Stitch recently donated a box of cotton fabric to Art Educator and Author (and friend) Mary Ellen Shevalier! She will be using the materials in an upcoming October 22nd
Sheval Sip-N-Paint event to benefit the Rohde Center Food Pantry in Adams, NY.

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elsmere elementary school

Redistribution, September 2017

Up-Stitch recently donated knitting needles to a knitting group of 4th and 5th graders at the Elsmere Elementary School in Delmar.

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The Mooncatcher Project

Redistribution, August 2017

Up-Stitch passed some of our excess cotton fabric on to a wonderful local organization called The Mooncatcher Project. Girls in developing countries often drop out of school when they reach puberty because they have no access to feminine hygiene products. The MoonCatcher Project provides reusable, washable, menstrual pads that can be worn without underwear to girls in the poorest communities worldwide.

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albion correctional facility

Redistribution, July 2017

We have redistributed a bin of worsted weight wool yarn to the Albion Women's Correctional Facility where incarcerated women will be knitting hats for Seafarers International House! SIH is a multi-faith, multi-national harbor of hospitality seeking to nurture the human spirit and foster human dignity by providing social assistance and advocacy to seafarers and sojourners. If you have any amount of wool yarn you'd like to donate to the women at Albion for this special project please let us know and we'll pass it along.

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lending library

Community Project, July 2017

Maggie is creating a Lending Library with knitting & crochet needles and other specialty sewing tools. This will be a low cost way people in the community can use these items without having to buy them out right. Why should everyone have to buy everything when we can share? More information to come soon.

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tote bags

Community Project, June 2017

Students in the Global Fashion Studies class at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center have created custom tote bags for Up-Stitch! The students used locally donated materials and created the bags as they might in a sweatshop: the design is given to them and the bag’s production is broken down into its component parts and put together via an assembly line. Tote bags will be available in the shop for a limited time!

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Capital region boces

Community Project, June 2017

Up-Stitch worked with Global Fashion Studies teacher Tiffanie McNett and her class at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center to create custom tote  bags! This is a project that promotes alternatives to the current fashion and textile cycle which endangers both the environment and garment workers. Using locally donated materials, the students are, first, making tote bags as they might in a sweatshop: the design is given to them and the bag’s production is broken down into its component parts and put together via an assembly line. Next, they will be allowed to design and construct their own project. In this way, the students will be able to experience, first hand, the difference between current fashion production and a more humane form of production.

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cornell cooperative extension

Redistribution, May 2017

We recently redistributed some of our materials to Angeline Peone, the Recycling Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County. Angelina created a large community art installation that raises awareness of textile recovery and textile recycling in NYS. The concept behind the installation involves weaving fabric materials through a chain-link fence that surrounds the Sustainability Center and Greenhouses at Central Park in Schenectady. The event took place during their May 20th plant sale.

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delmar progress club

Redistribution, April 2017

While participating in the Town of Bethlehem’s “Spring Recycle Fest”, Maggie and Megan met some wonderful people including Sandy, Judy & Rosemary from the Delmar Progress Club. We were able to redistribute some of the yarn donations to the Progress Club on the spot to support their Afghans for Wheelchair Patients project.