The Library Project, Dig-Knitty, and Share What You Wear volunteers provide foster and kinship care children and families with clothing, school supplies. educational books and toys. stuffed animals. and personal care items to ease the transition from being abruptly removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Library Project Helping Children To Build Their Own Library
As a part of the Dignity and More Project, NCJW/Cleveland, has set up libraries in three Community Centers throughout Northeast Ohio. Children not only enjoy these books while they visit these Community Center Libraries, they also are welcome to take books home for themselves and their siblings. Through the generosity of donated books by our members, we have lots of books to share. This project welcomes your book contributions.
Our busy knitters work tirelessly to provide warm clothing, blankets, and comfort toys to many organizations who distribute them to families and children who are in need of them. Here are some pictures of our delivery of baby blankets, hats and scarves, and hand knitted teddy bears provided to the patients at Metro-Health Hospital. The ladies were given a tour of the facility and also told stories about how the items have been used and will be used in the future. We were especially touched to hear that our teddy bears are often taken through MRI’s with children and provide comfort through all medical procedures.
Share What You Wear
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, teenagers from the Orange area, in cooperation with the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland will hold the 5thAnnual Share What You Wear (SWYW) event at the Double Tree by Hilton, Tudor Arms Hotel, 10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland. OH. The teens, their friends, and the NCJW volunteers will help children and their caregivers from Fairhill Partners’ Kinship Care program select clothing and school supplies that have been donated throughout the year. There will also be hand-knitted warm weather wear and baby blankets.
Share What You Wear began after two Orange High School students, Zoe Baris and Samantha Zabell, volunteered at NCJW/Cleveland’s Designer Dress Days and were inspired to do something meaningful and helpful for others. They felt that recycling their gently worn clothing for children from newborn to age 18 might fill an important need for kinship care families in the Cleveland community. Their proposal became a part of the Dignity and More! Community Service Project, which provides support to the Kinship Care program of the Senior and Adult Services Department of Cuyahoga County.
This year the local chair from Orange High School is Allyson Zabell, who is aided by the future chair, Jordan Davis. The NCJW/Cleveland Chairperson is Susan Gordon.
More images from Share What You Wear…