I can't believe that another year is coming to an end. I will soon be posting our totals for 2014! And then it's on to 2015! Wow. As I write this, I am so incredibly thankful for our groups! The outpouring of love and compassion for the people in the Appalachias has just been incredible. My wish is that we continue to grow and share the love. If you have stumbled upon our website and think that because it hasn't been updated that we are no longer active, I can assure you that we are working hard to get our items out. Please contact me at any time with any specific questions. I am always glad to help.
2013 was a fantastic year for us! I will be adding up the totals for the year and posting very soon. We had several fantastic campaigns this year put together by our volunteers. One successful project was the Book-N-Blanket. Members made blankets for children and included a book to go with it. What could be more wonderful than snuggling with a good book? Our second project was the 2013 Mini Hat and Mitten Blitz. Members outdid themselves making hats and mittens to send to the people in the Appalachias. It was a HUGE success. We enjoyed these projects so much that we will be including them in next years plans.
Are you ready for the year end totals? Drum Roll Please! Our total for 2013 is 1665!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We more than DOUBLED our giving from last year! I am so very proud to be a part of this fantastic group of people who work so hard through the year to help others! Way to go everyone!
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!