Women in the NEWS
Knitter’s & Crocheters
The July 04, 2014 edition of The Oregonian newspaper had an article written by Mary Mooney. Entitled “Crafters come to the aid of grieving kids,” the author wrote about the contributions a local “yarn store” made to Oregon’s Camp Erin.
Knitting Bee, a store in Portland OR made the news. The owner Jami Brynildson, staff and customers have worked diligently since 2005 to clothe Teddy Bears for a children who attend Camp Erin.
One of the customers, who helped with organizing the Oregon camp, approached the owner of Knitting Bee. The customer explained that the children who attended the Washington State camp each received teddy bears wearing knit and crocheted outfits. The children in Oregon have received teddies ever since.
The goal every year is to get 50 outfits. as quoted in the article, Brynildson says, “We’ve had sweaters made by stitchers as young as 9 and by women in their 90′s.”
On the store’s blog The Bee’s Knees a post dated July 12, 2014 entitled, “Why we do what we do” praises the writer and article in The Oregonian, “Thanks, Mary, for shining your light on the Camp Erin Bears!”
There is a contest, “Favorites” with four categories being voted on by visitors to the store. They are:
- Most Glamorous – “think ruffles and frills, evening attire or bling”
- Most Outdoorsy – “rugged and ready for run in Pacific Northwest”
- Most Whimsical – “unique and imaginative, makes you smile”
- Most Accomplished – “showcases great knitting technique like cables, lace or color work”
Voting began July 15th and ended July 22nd. The deadline for the outfits made by fiber-artists who want to take part in the contest was July 13. Otherwise, bear outfits can be dropped off until Thursday July 24th.
There is a party tonight Wednesday July 23rd between 6 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. The blog read, “Bring your knitting or crochet, bring your kids, just COME and see all the adorable bears.”
It is not TOO LATE!!
The timing of my post seems a little late. It is not too late to knit or crochet an outfit, or more, for next year’s camp dates. You can find knitting patterns here.
Knitting Bee logo
Camper with Bear
Vote for the best of….
The above photos are property of Knitting Bee.
The above photo from Providence Health & Services website.
Camp Erin, named after a young woman, 17-year-old Erin (Moyer?) who passed away from Liver Cancer in 2000. Her parents Jamie and Karen Moyer suggested creating a grief camp for children as a tribute to Erin. There are camps in Portland OR, Washington, Idaho, California and Arizona and the camp is still growing.
Children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one attend Camp Erin at no charge to their families. This is thanks to a “start-up grant from the Moyer Foundation.”
Financial support from donors “is crucial to the growth in Portland to ensure the camp’s future,” according to the overview statement on Providence Health & Services website.
The following text is directly from the Providence website
“Camp Erin is a traditional fun, high-energy overnight camp combined with emotional support and grief education for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Erin will be held Aug. 15-17, 2014, at Camp Kuratli in Boring, Ore. Activities begin Friday afternoon and end Sunday afternoon. This overnight camp is offered one weekend every summer and is free of charge.
What do campers say about how Camp Erin has helped them?
“This camp did help me. It was nice to be able to show my emotions and not feel weird or embarrassed.” - 16-year-old girl
“I got rid of tears I knew I must.” - 9-year-old boy
“It gave me friends to talk to.” - 10-year-old girl
“I had fun and I learned new ways to help with grief.” - 13-year-old boy
The Moyer Foundation’s mission is to offer encouragement, comfort and support to children and families enduring a time of profound distress and to provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability and quality of life. The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.”
Karen and Jamie Moyer, The Moyer Foundations say, “Camp Erin…is a real gift for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. It allows a child to process his or her loss. Camp Erin provides an opportunity for each child to meet others who are going through a similar experience.”
For more information read this from Providence Make a donation here.
Registration for 2015 camp begins here.