I am so glad that you found us here on the web! We are Outreach to Appalachia. A charity group that makes items for the people of the Appalachian Mountains.
Some facts about the area:
During the decade of the 1980s the central Appalachian region lost more than 70,000 coal mining jobs. Between 1981 and 1992, according to the U.S. Department of Energy and the United Mine Workers union, coal mining employment in the state of West Virginia decreased by more than 53%. No county in the Appalachian region was more severely distressed by these losses than McDowell County. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 1980, the rate of poverty in McDowell County was 23.5%. By 1990, the poverty rate in McDowell County had climbed to 37.7%, the highest rate of poverty for any county in West Virginia. By 1990, 50.3% of all children in McDowell County were living in families below the poverty level, up from 31.2% in 1980. The major losses in McDowell County during this period were the result of the closing of all mines and facilities operated by the United States Steel Corporation, terminating more than 1,200 jobs
As you can see, they really need our help! We have organized a group on Yahoo. Our group is a knit and crochet community full of caring crafters. If you can knit, sew, crochet or quilt we can sure use your help with our growing group! You can find us here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/outreachtoappalachia
If you are a member of Ravelry, we would love to have you join us there as well! You can find us here http://www.ravelry.com/groups/outreach-to-appalachia
I hope to see you there!
I can hardly believe that it has been a year already. But it has! We have donated thousands of items to Appalachian Outreach and our next year will only be better! Our membership grows daily and I am so thankful for that! More hands, more help!
For our Birthday Month project, we hav been making hats! The numbers have started to come in. When I get the final tally, I'll post it for everyone to see!