Nine members met at Annette Kitto’s house. She served a delicious lunch and Vicki Benson provided dessert; 6000 Beanie Babies were received from an anonymous donor and sorted according to type. Books also were cleaned and sorted. Most of the day was spent matching books and Beanies and sacking and tying with ribbons, about 500.
Barbie supply was reported to be good and Annette reported December deliveries were made to A Perfect Place, Outreach for Deaf, My Sister’s Place, St. Peter’s School and Matthew’s Crossing. It was a great work meeting.
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 inch, 16 inch and 18 inch 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 or other small items that we can give to the Food Bank for distribution to small children coming in with their mothers. We are also in need of small (about 3 inch) baby bottles as we find these are very hard to come by. We have a great many baby dolls that 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 at 480-688-7823.