Pictured: The Crocheting for a Cause Group at Twin Lakes Community Church Saturday, February 9, 2019

Crocheting for a Cause Event a Community Success Story

By Shirley Harriman

Lake Los Angeles – The group Crocheting for a Cause put on their second group event ‘Homeless Café' at Twin Lakes Community Church in Lake Los Angeles. The event coordinated with the church’s monthly food ministry conducted on the second Saturday of each month.

In addition to hot chocolate, hot coffee, water, cookies, snacks and hot noodle meals, each attendant chose a warming hand-crocheted item for themselves. There was a large selection of crocheted hats, hoodies, scarves and mittens as choices. Everyone received an item to help with warmth during these colder days.

Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) provided two tables of educational material, take away items and explanation of services available through AVPH. One issue that some brought up several times was needing help in receiving benefits through Medi-Cal or other health services. Ms. Patricia Garcia representing AVPH helped everyone and will be bringing more information back to the community.

The Church delivered 113 boxes of food which is more than double the average boxes in previous Saturday food ministries. A conservative estimate of people who received assistance at the event was 250 families. The group worked the event from 7:30am until 11:30am to make certain everyone who wanted/needed food and a warm welcome, warm present and warm snack was served.

The group Crocheting for a Cause meets at Sorensen Park each Wednesday at 6:30 to crochet and discuss progress of projects, the Homeless Café being the group’s second and highly successful project.

The first project of the group was blankets and hats for newborns at Antelope Valley Hospital when they presented their creations to the hospital’s Women and Infant Pavilion (WIP) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) administrators and Couplet Care staff Wednesday November 7, 2018.

The group crocheted soft and colorful blankets and loom hats for newborns. In addition to the crocheting, books donated by Save the Children and informational material about VRoOM was given to the staff for the new mothers. Roberta Jones, Administrator of AVH WIP said, “The timing of this donation is perfect. It’s getting cold out there right now. Better now than when it’s 110 degrees! This is really good timing.”

Erika Schwerdt said of the accomplishments of the presentation, “We are very happy to announce that we have finished our project and donated a total of 43 packages that included a hand crocheted baby blanket and two baby new born loom hats. We also partnered with Save The Children and VroOm in Lake Los Angeles to include a Curious George baby book and educational material that helps new mothers navigate early childhood education.”

Crochet buffs are welcome to join the group. If you crochet, if you want to serve the community and enjoy the company of others, then this group is for you!

Bob Benoit, Pastor at the church said, “Today I was blessed, the community was blessed, and I appreciate everything that was done for our community here today.”

Crocheting for A Cause Lake Los Angeles

by Shirley Harriman

Some background on this group is during Parks after Dark 2018, SBCC sponsored Senior Social on Thursday evenings. The group gathered to learn how to crochet, to crochet a blanket together for a raffle, to play Bingo and socialize in general.

One of the purposes of the group Crocheting for a Cause is to give back to the community of Lake Los Angeles. Toward this goal, sponsor South Bay Counseling Center (SBCC) supplied the group with crochet hooks, looms, yarn and other materials.

The crocheting together became a charitable undertaking for the group. They decided to sponsor a blanket project for the Save the Children early education program at Wilsona School District.

There were eight blankets and eight baby’s hats crocheted to donate to Save the Children. One larger blanket was assembled by Erika Schwerdt with the squares the group crocheted.

Erika said, “I am very proud of these ladies. The group started as a social group, and then it morphed into a socially conscious group. The concept of "How can we help our community?" was echoed throughout the entire program and I hope these ladies influence others within this community.”

You do not need to be a senior to join this group. All ages are welcome and encouraged to join. The group meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm in the gymnasium’s community room. It is not limited to ladies … gentlemen are welcome to join.

Don’t know how to crochet? Know how to use a loom? Want to meet new friends and connect with your neighborhood? Want to learn? Not to worry. Come and learn! Bring a neighbor or a friend with you.

This article is in the A V Press Sunday November 18, 2018. The ladies in Crocheting for a Cause had a wonderful time at the Antelope Valley Hospital. The donations were much needed and timely for the weather changes. The nurses were so impressed with the presentation and happy to get these blankets and hats for their new mommies.

The group Crocheting for a Cause meets each Wednesday at 6:30 pm until 7:30pm at the Park. This Thursday being Thanksgiving there will be no meeting.

Do you crochet, knit or loom? This group is calling your name! If you do not, this group is still calling your name .. come and learn. The current project is crocheting hats, scarves and hoods for the homeless.

Giving back to the community is the name of the game.