Handmade Hugs Society
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We have a new home!

Posted by handmadehugs on August 28, 2019 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)
Today this was published in the Citizen!!! Dear Editor What a supportive community we live in! Handmade Hugs Society had to move from their previous "creating, making, meeting and storage" space in June. We had over 50 large totes of projects on the go and materials/yarn/ equipment/supplies! We were ready to put our organization into a storage unit when Robert Barron answered our call for help and wrote such a wonderful article. Many offers of meeting rooms and general support came forward! Due to the required size of a meeting/storage rooms, we struggled to find enough space. Enter Kuljit Parmar of Knowledge Computers who became our Guardian Angel and is donating a wonderful space in his office building on York Road! We could not have wished for a more supportive partner as we prepare to help those in need during the winter months ahead. He has given Handmade Hugs such joy and excitement and no strings attached. He really loved what we stood for and wanted to give us a space to continue to support our community! Last year we were able to make and donate over 3,000 items of comfort (hats, gloves, scarves, quilts, afghans, flannel pj pants, mastectomy pillows, trauma bears, wash cloths). These were distributed to schools, daycares, hospitals, Warmland and Women's Shelters, Somenos House and people experiencing personal trauma/illnesses. We are so excited to show off this new space to our volunteers and community so we have decided to have an Open House where you can meet some of the volunteers that keeps Hugs running! Please come out and join us on September 28th 1-3pm and see what we do! We welcome new members year round to help out sewing, crocheting and knitting either at our monthly Group Hug or at home. Sewing kits and yarn are ready to take home from the Open House if you would like to help us get ready for this fall! Again a Huge thank you to everyone who came forward with offers of space! Robert Barron we can't thank you enough for taking our pleas to the community. We could not be happier with the beautiful new home we have! Please join us at 5878 York Road, 3rd floor (with elevator) at our Open House!

Annual General Meeting 2018

Posted by handmadehugs on February 4, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Yesterday we held our AGM.  I am please to introduce our new Board of Directors:

President -- Linda Kemp

Vice President -- SandiLea Gibson

Recording Secretary -- Fran Whitfield

Treasurer -- Tracy Clements

Past President -- Julie McClure

Executive Director -- Monique Lapointe

Director --  Ingrid Ball

Director -- Karen Brule

Director -- Karen Christensen

Director -- Helen Lainchbury

Director -- Irene Palmer

Director-At-Large -- Darlene Potts

This is going to be a fabulous year!

And so the New Year begins . . .

Posted by handmadehugs on January 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)


2018

Posted by handmadehugs on January 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)


MORE WINTER WOOLLIES NEWS

Posted by handmadehugs on January 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the stops for our Winter Woollies.

Congratulations DSAC! Great job!

 


from Cowichan Valley School District - SD 79.


December 19, 2017 


Congratulations to our District Student Advisory Committee on filling more than 90 backpacks for homeless and youth in need in the Cowichan Valley!


Last Wednesday DSAC students came together to fill these backpacks with the donations they received over the last couple of months. The backpacks are being distributed to youth in need across the Cowichan Valley.


Amazing show of leadership by our students. Thank you to those who donated, including Costco, Duncan STAPLES (two local reps are in the photos), and Handmade Hugs Cowichan. And thank you to Community Options Society for helping to distribute some of the backpacks.


DECEMBER 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on January 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

WINTER WOOLLIES RESULTS


Aaaaand the results are in . . . . our disbursement numbers for this year are down quite significantly from last year (which is really good!) but the numbers of needy children are up, also quite significantly (which is not good).


Our total disbursement on Dec 7th was


2,288 pieces.


There will be more requests coming in as the need arises over the coming winter months so the numbers will continue to rise but there shouldn't be a huge leap.


Our thanks to our volunteers who provided us with such an abundance of inventory that we were able to fill all our requests and still have enough left over to service anything that should come up. Our thanks too to all those who so generously answered our plea for mittens and gloves; every facility or school who requested mitts had both their needs and their wish lists fulfilled. That is so impressive when you consider the short time in which it all came together.


We'll be taking a break until the New Year and invite anyone interested to join us then, as the cycle starts once again. You don't need to know how to knit or sew, crochet or stitch, although, if you'd like to learn, we can teach you, but we also need "worker bees" who are willing to help at Hot Dog Sales or other fundraisers, those who are willing to untangle yarn or press fabric, or pack and distribute Winter Woollies!


If you'd like to receive our Newsletter, please PM your email address to us and we'll add you to our mailing list.


Thank you all.


NOV / DEC 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on January 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Mitten Miracle


For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you’ll know this story, but for those who don’t, here is our Christmas miracle, excerpted from our Fb post, December 7th, the day before Winter Woollies Distribution:


Sometimes in your life, you get the opportunity to glimpse a miracle first-hand. For me, today was one such time.


For the last couple of weeks, our Handmade Hugs crew had been concerned that we weren't going to have enough product, especially mitts and gloves for little ones, to meet the requests from our clients.


It was unbelievable that we should get orders for 400+ mitts in the last three days of our countdown so we put out a call for help and it was answered in such a remarkable way. Mitts (and gloves) started coming in, in ones and twos, in ten and twenties and then, just today, in fifties and hundreds and two hundreds! It was incredible to watch -- all those that we met face-to-face were beaming and so pleased to help, those who left gift bags included notes of encouragement and offers of more help.


At the first count, we had 113 pairs, at the second count, there were 93 more, in the last 24-hours, we received a whopping 485 MORE! And then, it appeared we were going to be just a tiny bit short and one of the volunteers who was helping to box up our orders, put out a personal call and, Voila!, 50 more pairs of mitts arrived. We filled all the orders and the wish lists and still have a few mitts left for emergencies over the remaining winter months.


I haven't had time to do the final disbursement count but I just had to share this incredible Christmas miracle. Thank you just doesn't cover it, but it's what I have. We live in an amazing and supportive community. We've been touched by many, and today, thanks to that generosity, we, in turn, have been able to touch many more.


As Tiny Tim said, those many years ago, "God bless us, every one."


NOVEMBER 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on January 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

An update, here's where we are as of Nov 18.

The temperature's risin' in our Clubhouse!  :)

The goal is Nothin' But Red!

We've done so well so far, and the numbers change every day.



OCTOBER 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Our amazing volunteers keep a steady flow of finished inventory coming in and thankfully, with our new space, we have the room to keep it all organized.


The pictures below show the storage shelves just after we moved in (left) and the results of our labours so far this year (right).



SEPTEMBER 2017

Posted by handmadehugs on November 25, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

September is a transition month where we move from the quiet of summer holidays to the increasingly busy time leading up to our busiest season and biggest event, WINTER WOLLIIES DISTRIBUTION. We have nine weeks to prepare and over those nine weeks, we’re going to both share our accomplishments and ask for your assistance. For day-to-day updates, please check in with our Facebook page. We'll post the headlines here and will have a rundown of all the events in December. We're out to break last year's totals; let's see how close we come!


Below is our "temperature check" -- we're lookin' for Nothin' but Red!!




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