64 items in August 2016

You continue to bring in donations, even when your hands get sweaty from holding your hooks and needles in the summer sun. You deliver items in a variety of colors. You make creative, fun, and soft things to pass along to the sick.

You, our volunteers, are amazing.

You've fashioned a total of 649 items so far, this year. Wow!

We donated 128 items to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Once again, we were impressed by the gorgeous new facility there. And they were impressed by the quality of our hats.

Dear Team Yarn,
Thank you so much for the bundle of beautiful hats and for hand delivering them! It was so fun to see the kids involved! Our patients will benefit greatly as fall is nearing and then the Minnesota winter is close behind! Thank you for your generosity and your talent!

"These are gorgeous. Oh, my goodness," remarked Maria as she passed by.

Susan observed that it can be cold in the areas where patients are treated, and these items (120 hats, two scarves, 4 blankets and two mittens) will help keep people warm. It's fitting that our donations contribute in that way, helping Woodwinds maintain the reputation they're known for. Susan moved from Abbot to Woodwinds last November. "This is such a warm environment. It was a good change," she stated.

In a day at Woodwinds, there are:
- 60 patients in for infusions
- 24 in the clinic
- 15 in radiation

The goal at Woodwinds is to have a connected, one-level area where all but the most specialized of care can be accessed, providing a seamless care experience for patients and better communication among care providers. Towards this end, the infusion center will be moved from where it is now to the new addition next year.

This was the third time we have donated to Woodwinds Hospital. Click here to view past donations. It has been nearly four years since Amy's mom, Cheryl, passed away from a rare form of cancer, and 3 1/2 years since Team Yarn was born. "When she passed away, I desperately wanted something to do with my hands," Amy recalled. We continue to share this story with all the people we meet, letting them know what drives us forward. We let folks known that our team stretches across the nation, and nearly all of the yarn we use is donated. "People are great," stated Amy. "People want to help, but alot don't know what to do." When they come to Team Yarn, they realize what they can accomplish with the group.

Posing with the scarf she made!

Some of the upcoming offerings at Woodwinds include:

Breast Cancer is personal, yet it doesn't have to be something you go through alone.

51 items in July 2016

Despite summer's busyness, in July 2016 you donated 51 items at our meet-up. Tesha wasn't there (as she was between California and MN, driving home), but Amy snapped these photos. It was a lovely day out on the patio, and folks stayed until 5!

The boxes in the mail come full of unique and creative hand-made items. They have a Wisconsin return address. And we "oo" and "ah" as we open each one. 

For the past five months, Jody Gilbertson of Beldenville, Wis. has shipped us donations for Team Yarn.

Her items stand apart. "Some of my patterns are from my mom or aunt. They are old patterns from years ago," Jody explained.

For a copy of the Beautiful Flowered Afghan, ask at a Team Yarn meeting and we'll share!

At 53, Jody says she has the time to make things and enjoy it. She is glad that someone can use the items she creates.

"I hope whomever receives the handmade items, get the feeling of comfort, support, warmth, and know people are there for them," said Jody.

Jody appreciates that Team Yarn does a great job showing and telling where donations go on the website and Facebook, and feels that she's a part of the work through the photos and blog posts.

"My mom taught me to crochet at the age of 12," remarked Jody. "She would always work on things in the evening, still does at 84. So one night I said I want to learn how to do that. She was making a doily. That's how it started. I'm so glad I picked it up." Crocheting helps her relax.

She plans to drive down and meet us in person some Sunday afternoon. We're looking forward to the visit.
Packages by Jody Gilbertson