Current Needs – May 2022
If you deliver any items yourself in the Richmond area, please let Lois Moore know at email@example.com or (804)305-497. Fredericksburg/King George area please contact Pam (540)661-7967, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond and Surrounding areas have a need for:
- Lap blankets (approx. 27 X 36”)
- Twin size blankets (approx. 36-40” X 60-72”)
- Walker totes
- Handheld size “entertainment” items for memory care folks (snowballs, mitts, cuffs, etc.) See patterns for knit and crochet twiddle cuffs HERE
- 7-8” cotton squares for inclusion in toiletry bags (tagged please)
- 8” acrylic squares with a 2’ long tail (for joining the squares – no tags needed)
- small toys and dressed bears (our Dollar Store bears have gotten smaller so please take one from the workshop next time you visit to use as a “model”
- size J crochet hooks (for Vessels of Mercy)
Fredericksburg/King George has a need for:
- Cotton washcloths – Please DO NOT tag(tags are in the bags with the toiletries)
- Blankets – no smaller than 32”x32” and as large as twin bed size (baby, kids, men & women))
- Hats of all sizes – no baby hats please
While these are our biggest needs, we could also use:
- Men’s & ladies wheelchair & walker totes
- Dialysis mitts
Please be aware that these are our current, most pressing needs but that, as we always say, “Make what you enjoy making and we will find a home for it.” Lots of patterns are available on our website HERE.
From the Heart tags are attached to all completed, ready to be sent out items. Click HERE for tags or you can find them on both the patterns or the members page if you wish to print them yourself. They must be printed on white card stock, a hole punched in the upper left corner and attached to the items using a bow rather then a knot. Tags are also available at the workshop any time we are open.
Please note that the Richmond site is no longer able to accept donations of gently used clothing or household items as the Domestic Abuse Shelter is no longer accepting these.
Recently, we have been receiving baby hats which are too small to fit a baby and too large to fit on our bears. If you like to create crocheted baby hats, please make sure to use a stretchy “ribbing” for the brim and please do not decrease stitches for a turned-up hem. We have a baby head sized Styrofoam ball on the front desk at the workshop for you to use to ensure your hat is the correct size and there are lots of patterns on our webpage at
Project Sizes, Supplies and Ongoing Projects
As always anything you want to make we can really use to help fill the bins in the shop and warm the hearts and bodies of those in need. Below is a list of items we can use at any time along with our General Project Sizes list. If the sizes below differ from what is given on “Current Needs” list, please go with what is given on the Current Needs.
- Chemo Hats for Guys and Boys
- Socks for the Homeless – prefer white, non – Wool socks. Tube socks work well (no heels to deal with!)
- Chemo Blankets/Shawls 30″ x 48″
- Blankets for Hospice/Palliative Care 27″ x 36″ (No fringe, no tie on’s if wheelchair blankets)
- Lap/Wheelchair blankets Approx. 42″ X 36″
- Baby Blankets
- 32″ to 40″ square
- Rectangles from 32″ X 30″ and up
- Children’s blankets (for clutching or draggin’) 24″ sq up to 36″ or 40″ & not necessarily square
- Bone Marrow Transplant Unit blankets Large and COLORFUL! (Just enough to cover the top of twin bed)
- Dialysis blankets: 60″ long. 30-32″ wide.
- Home Again (Battered Women and Children’s Shelter) large enough to wrap a small child in cold, drafty house
- Chemo Hats Small, medium and large sizes for both adults and children
- SPCA rounds or squares 15-18 inches up to 3 feet to fit crates using leftovers of mixed yarn, wool, blends, cotton or acrylics
- Squares 12 inches to be stitched together into blankets
- Infant Hats, Must be stretchy. Full term newborn needs to fit over a 5″ Styrofoam ball.
- Layette Sets Used as “take me home” outfits for newborns.
- Bears and Toys: New bears from Dollar stores, dressed with knitted or crocheted outfits. Given to sick, scared or needy children in ER, clinic, oncology, hospice and other areas.
- Items for use in Memory Care Units. Go to our Pattern Page and then click on either Knitted or Crocheted Patterns and, then, “Comfort Items” under the Knitted or Crocheted Patterns list.
- From the Heart tags can be found HERE