We had eight members present at out March 3 meeting. Donations of fabric, buttons and dolls were sorted. Vicky reported that a donation of 70 books and beanies and 16 nice sets of dolls were given to Sun Lakes Charities. Annette delivered a total of 170 books and beanies to five schools and also chapter books as requested. We had a show and tell of fun items.
We ended up bagging 103 sacks of candy and filling 257 eggs. There was enough candy left for 25 more bags. We have 60 rabbits for the baskets plus some bigger one to give to Jose’s Closet.
Underprivileged or homeless boys and girls are very happy to receive the items we provide. We need some special items for boys: little cars, trucks, soldiers and action figures. Also some specialty Beanie Babies besides bears. We would like to thank all the people who have responded to our needs especially those that don’t live in Sun Lakes. Used dolls have become very expensive to buy even from Savers or Goodwill. The dolls and other items people donate to us are very much appreciated.
As always we are in need of unbreakable dolls of all types especially 14, 16 and 18 inches little girl dolls. They must have hair that we can restyle and not be all marked up. We also have a need for flannel and fleece for doll blankets, lace and other sewing supplies, yarn of all kinds and crochet cotton, and gently used children’s books. Other small items that we can give to the food bank for distribution to small children coming in with their mothers are needed. We are also in need of small (about 3 inches) baby bottles as we find these are very hard to come by. We have a great many baby dolls who need bottles as we like to include one with each doll. It would even be nice to have a miniature rattle to include. We always include a baby blanket or a quilt with each doll. Even if donated items can’t be used by us, we will find an appropriate place where they can be used. Since we are a Special Interest Group of the Sew-N-Sews, some of the other charities they support can use items that are donated.
For more information about joining our group or to donate items call Rose Zimmer at 480-895-5148 or Viv Sloane 480-688-7823.