Knit For Need Partners with Desert Communities United Way (DCUW)
Hi, my name is Rosie Enriquez and I am the project Leader for Knit for Need. Knit for Need’s purpose is to provide warmth for the needy, local organizations and the sick through crocheting and knitting one stitch at a time. We have been in existence since September 2009. Our organization takes on two to three projects a year. Knit for Need has provided baby blankets for the neonatal care unit at our local hospital and Moses House, lapgans and wheel chair bags for the Veteran’s Home in Barstow, prayer shawls for cancer patients at Arrowhead Hospital; and we have spread holiday cheer by providing scarves and hats to the Victorville Homeless Shelter during a Holiday Spirit event. We also assist an annual local community coat drive by crocheting over hats and scarves to be given with coats to the needy. Kids really liked our Angry Bird and Hello Kitty Hats. Our small group of woman meets twice a month on Saturday mornings, at Starbucks in Victorville on Bear Valley near the Lowes shopping center.
Gabby left and Rosa Enriquez, center, holding Wheel Chair Bags for Barstow Veterans Home
Angry Man and Hello Kitty Hats for needy kids
Knots for Love has also been in existence since September 2009. Some people might say Gabby Enriquez has followed her mother’s footsteps as a project leader when it comes to giving back to her community. This has been instilled in her since she was the age of 5 raising money for March of Dimes and throughout her teenage years. As a junior in high school Gabby created her project “Knot for Love” where she and her youth group at church make knotted fleece blankets for the domestic violence shelter, Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, and our local homeless shelter. Now 20 years old and her junior year at the University of La Verne, she continues to make her blankets and spread warmth and new hope to her community. Since the start of her project, she has provided over 500 blankets to children in our community.
I partnered with DCUW because my daughter wanted to start her own knot blanket making project but didn't know how to go about it. So I called DCUW and they told me they were having a project leader class and it might be something we both would be interested in. I actually went for support for Gabby, and ended up taking the class with her. As Gabby was asking questions, Suzy Leanos asked me if I knew anyone who crochets or knits and I told her I did. Gabby and I signed up to be project leaders. We named our projects Knit for Need and Knot for Love. Whether it is knotting or stitching, Gabby and I, along with our volunteers, have managed to warm the hearts of many in our community!
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