Our annual holiday party was held December 10, 2008 at the Grace Episcopal Church in Medford from 11 to 2 pm. A total of 98 people attended with three coming all the way from Mt. Morris Michigan. When they arrived it was like Santa's sleigh came with a load of gifts they crafted: a queen size quilt for TKC, quilted-lined Christmas stockings, pillows, and special pillow cases.
2008 was a big year for us, we partnered with BJs and added the Framingham Police Christmas Collection Drive to our list of recipients. It was announced that that we have a data base of 2231 names, with 895 being knitters, crocheters and quilters and donated 6,260 items to Children no questions asked. We have an Arizona chapter with 35 knitters and donate roughly 250 to 300 items.
Photos, courtesy Millie Blackmore
Sue A Manning announcing Kathy Whitman of Eliot Foundation. TKC donated to five of their programs: Indigo, Starr, Horizon and Seaton Houses and the YAVP program.
Kathy Whitman of Eliot Foundation presenting an award to The Knitting Connection.
After the Party and all is said and done, Sue finally sits down to eat and to think there was no dessert.
Miss Nora K Mangan of Bedford NH and grand-daughter of Sue A Manning has come down almost every year to assist in pulling the names out of the Basket for the Raffle.
Walter Hoszkiewicz and Leah Fiasconaro-Conway from Crotched Mountain School for the Disable in Greenfield NH came down to Thank the Knitters, Crocheters, and quilters for the generosity of gifts for 130 students. In appreciation, they brought chocolate bars engraved with "Thanks" made by the students for all the guests at the Party.
Marcia Matthysse and Linda Woodside, knitters of TKC, from a group that meets at the First Parish Church in Weston MA, never leave home without their knitting bag.
Nora K Mangan, Grant J Mangan, Sue A Manning, Joey and Bethany from the Riverbend School in Athol MA Grant, Joey and Bethany joined Nora in pulling names for the Raffle. They were rewarded with gifts from Santa.
Audrey O'Brien from the Pedi unit of the Brain Injury at Spaulding Hospital presented a collage of photos of the patients wearing our gifts.