Our Winter Warming donation baskets will be at New Seasons Markets (see specific locations below) and at all Albina Community Bank through January 15. If you’re finishing up items and need a few more days, you can email us until January 30 for final items.
Living Earth’s Hats & Scarves program has linked creative compassion with neighbors in need since 2008. This year, the program has a new name: Winter Warming, and whether you knit, sew, or crochet, you can help our community stay warm!
Drop-off baskets will be out November 15 – January 15, on the eastside at four New Seasons Markets (see specific locations below) and at all Albina Community Bank branches, or CAT Thrift Store in SW Portland.
We’ll gather new, hand-made hats & scarves, blankets & booties, sweaters, shawls, mufflers, and mitts, for folks of all ages, from babies and kids to adults and elderly, who need help staying warm in winter. We have received some donations of yarn and woolen fabric, so if you need some supplies to help with this project, post below or send an email.
New Seasons Markets locations: Seven Corners (SE 19th and Division); Hawthorne (SE Hawthorne at 41st); and Sellwood (1214 SE Tacoma); and Fisher’s Landing (2100B SE 164th Ave. in Vancouver.)
Albina Community Bank locations: 2002 NE MLK at San Rafael; 8040 N. Lombard in St. John’s; 430 NW 10th Ave. in the Pearl; 5636 NE Sandy in Rose City; and 4020B NE Fremont in the Beaumont district.
Or, if you’re in SW Portland: CAT Thrift Store, 4838 SW Scholl’s Ferry Road, just west of Beaverton Hilldale Hwy and Oleson Road intersection.
This flyer, v3-HS-WW2013-flyer, has all the basic Winter Warming information. Feel free to download and share it with friends, or print it and put it in a coffee shop, or yarn shop, or anywhere folks might see it.
SOS! We need help with pick-ups, coordination, and distribution. To volunteer, email us or call Betsy at 503-358-5204, or Bev at 503-288-3534.
Each year, we receive and distribute hundreds of items – our top year so far was 1,100. Many are distributed one-to-one to folks on the streets, in parks, and under bridges, and others find homes with people served by our community distribution partners:
- Portland YWCA Shelter for women and children.
- Blanchet House, serving the downtown street community.
- Portland PTA Clothes Closet for children and teens in Portland schools.
- IRCO Africa House, serving immigrants and refugees from Africa.
- Adelante Mujeres, serving immigrant women and families.
- Glendeveer Eldercare, providing residential care for seniors and elderly.
- Irvington Elderplace, providing day services for seniors and elderly.
- Share House, serving people in need in Vancouver.
Huge thanks to all five branches of Albina Community Bank, and to the New Seasons Markets at 7 Corners, Hawthorne, Sellwood, and Fisher’s Landing, who host our drop baskets and make sure customers know about the program. You guys are wonderful and we appreciate your partnership.
And special kudos and sincere thanks to the countless anonymous yarn and fabric wonder-workers who create these wonderful warm gifts to be given away. Your talents, spirits, and generosity are amazing!
If you’d like to help in any way, please contact us!