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    Jul 2004
    Portland, OR

    *Crafting for a Better World!* holiday craft drive

    Crafting For A Better World
    Portland Super Crafty has set out to save the world, and we need your help! We’re collecting donations of handmade items and craft supplies to give to some amazing organizations around Portland and could use your crafting superpowers. Please help us brighten the holiday and warm up the winter for some less fortunate men, women, and children by giving them the gift of craft!

    Types of items to donate:
    This is a comprehensive list of what the organizations could really use, but feel free to be creative and send in other items as well!

    Baby hats, blankets, etc.
    Mittens and gloves
    Warm clothing (knit sweaters, etc.)

    Craft Supplies:
    Non-toxic Paint
    Acrylic Paint
    Paint Brushes
    Drawing and watercolor paper
    Scissors (kid-friendly especially)
    Craft Foam
    Modeling clay
    Sewing notions
    Knitting needles
    Duct tape

    Donations must be received by Monday, December 15.

    Please send your items to:
    Torie Nguyen
    One Centerpointe Dr., Suite 550
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    Questions? Email us at If you live in the Portland area and would like to submit your donation in person, please drop us an email to make arrangements.

    *If you would like a receipt for your donation, please include a note with your name, address, and the retail value of the item.

    About the organizations:

    The Goose Hollow Shelter

    The Goose Hollow Family Shelter is a temporary emergency shelter for homeless families in the Portland metropolitan area. They take in anyone who has a child under the age of 18, as well as pregnant women. The shelter currently operates from November to May and is hoping to one day have the resources to stay open year round. In the evenings, they have “kid time” where volunteers lead the kids in various activities, one of which is crafting.


    p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.

    Community Action Organization

    Community Action exists to ensure that low-income families have a place to turn for help as they strive to get back on their feet and achieve a better life. They offer the following services: A Kid’s Domain: Before and after school care, Early Head Start/Head Start Preschool, Energy and Emergency Services, Homeless and Housing Services, Opening Doors: Maternity outreach and pregnancy support.

    Buckman SUN School

    Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary School is one of the community schools serviced by the SUN Program (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods). The mission of the SUN program is to improve the lives of children, their families and the community through partnering with local school communities to extend the school day with a variety of classes and develop schools as “community centers” in their neighborhoods. We are specifically asking for donations for their Winter Craft & Gift-making Night on Wednesday December 15th at Buckman Elementary School. Families are invited to return to school in the evening and create unique handmade gifts for the holidays with the help of parent volulteers and local artists (including the girls of Super Crafty!)

    One more organization collecting craft supplies and handmade gifts is La Casa de las Madres, a San Francisco-based group that offers emergency services to women and their children escaping domestic violence.

    They have women of all ages there, and children from newborn to age 18, so items of all sizes and colors would be welcome. They would take blankets, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves - all the standard handmade stuff. If you do not knit or crochet, you are welcome to sew any donations. Machine washable is good, so is warm wool, but they are not picky and would take anything. You are welcome to wrap stuff if you want, but please put a tag on the outside indicating what is inside, and the size, etc., and attaching a tag indicating the fabric content, care instructions, and maybe a little pick-me-up message would be wonderful.

    They are also looking for donations of art and craft supplies - fabric, yarn, needles, paper, crayons, hooks, glue, markers, etc. NO magazines, they already have plenty.

    About La Casa: La Casa de las Madres offers emergency residential shelter to battered women and their children while providing counseling, family-based services and referrals. Our Emergency Crisis Shelter has the capacity to shelter and support 35 women and children per night. La Casa's downtown San Francisco office houses our two 24-hour Crisis Phone Lines, a Drop-In Counseling Center, the Teen Intervention & Prevention Program, and the Community Education & Outreach Program. All services are offered free-of-charge in English and Spanish.

    Please send donations directly to the shelter by December 17:

    La Casa de las Madres
    1850 Mission Street, Suite B
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    PDX Super Crafty won’t be delivering these gifts, we’re just handling donations for the Portland organizations! Thanks for your generosity this holiday season!

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