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Knitting With Love: Camp Erin Bears

Posted by Jami Brynildson on

This summer Knitting Bee customers and friends knit and crocheted around 100 outfits for teddy bears headed to Oregon's Camp Erin, surpassing our goal of 85 (the number of kids and teens expected to attend the 2017 camp). You all made dozens and dozens of snuggly bear cardigans with matching caps, as well as quite a few more creative bear costumes. A pirate, a bride and a mermaid took Best of Show at our gathering on August 2nd, garnering Knitting Bee gift cards for their makers. Voted Favorite Bears: Pirate by Brenda H., Bride by Christine R., and Mermaid by...

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Naked Bears Need Your Help!

Posted by Jami Brynildson on

  Since 2005, members of the Knitting Bee community have dressed over 800 comfort teddy bears headed to Oregon’s Camp Erin, a transformational bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support – led by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens facing a similar life circumstance. Camp is offered free to all families. The first Camp Erin was started in Washington...

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Camp Erin Bears Wrap-up

Posted by Jami Brynildson on

It's been a couple of weeks since we held our annual celebration of the Camp Erin bears, and I'm very late in posting a wrap-up! Besides our guests of honor (the bears, of course!) we met the new coordinator of Oregon's Camp Erin, Scott Winters. Scott spoke about how Camp Erin began in Seattle, how Providence got involved in Oregon in starting the second camp, and how the program has grown in the last ten years into the nation's largest network of free bereavement camps. There are now more than 40 camps across the US helping children and teens learn...

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Why we do what we do

Posted by Jami Brynildson on

Did you see our Camp Erin bears in the news? Local reporter and all-around yarn cheerleader Mary Mooney wrote a fabulous post for the Oregon Live knitting blog on the origins of the camp, how the Knitting Bee community first got involved, and how our participation has grown and strengthened over the years. Several days later The Oregonian ran the story in its Living section. The story's been tweeted all over the place, and now we've even received a couple sweaters in the mail. How cool is that?!    Make sure you read the story through to the end. Mary...

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Let the people decide!

Posted by Jami Brynildson on

  Every summer brings a new group of campers to Camp Erin, a camp that combines fun-filled activities with grief support for children and teens who have lost a loved one. For the last eight years each Oregon camp attendee has been greeted by a cuddly teddy bear on their bunk, wearing an adorable costume that's been knit or crocheted by friends of Knitting Bee. We've donated hundreds and hundreds of outfits over the years, and I always look forward to seeing how the Camp Erin bears bring together all of the generosity and creativity that exists in the Knitting Bee community....

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