Teddy Bear Sweater & Cap Drive ~ 2019
Knitting Bee is collecting knit or crocheted sweaters & caps to dress teddy bears headed to Oregon’s Camp Erin, a fun overnight camp combined with emotional support and grief education for kids age 6 – 17 who have lost a loved one. This is the 14th year we’ve partnered with Providence Hospice and Camp Erin, and the number of children attending the free summer camp has almost tripled over that time. This year we’ve been asked to outfit 100 comfort bears, so we need your help!
For every teddy bear outfit you make you can enter to win one of three $50 Knitting Bee Gift Cards. Winners will be drawn at our Anniversary Party on Sunday, July 21st (you don't need to be present to win). Bear outfits should include both a sweater and a hat or headband. Creativity is encouraged, but the important thing is for the dressed bears to be cuddly. Bears are available for checkout if you would like to custom fit your outfit.
Please note: This year the majority of the donated teddy bears are smaller, so if you follow The Bear's Clothes pattern we recommend using DK-weight yarn and US size #4-5 & #6 needles. New bears are provided by Providence Hospice. We will accept donations of new bears only.
Collection Deadline: Sunday, July 21st
Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children in our community!
More About Camp Erin Across the US & Canada
Created and supported by Eluna Network (formerly The Moyer Foundation), Camp Erin is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country designed 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 Erin is offered free to all families. Camps partner with local hospice organizations and are located in every Major League Baseball city as well as additional locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more information or to find a Camp Erin near you, please visit the Eluna Network website.
Camp Erin Oregon
Camp Erin 2019 will be held from August 9-11, 2019 at Camp Kuratli in Boring, Oregon. Camp is offered free for all families. For more information or to register a child, please visit the Providence Health & Services website.