Head Over Heels For Vets

HOHV GRAPHIC 2017Head Over Heels for Vets

2017 Campaign Kick-Off

Thanks to our many generous members and friends, CSKMS has donated over 300 hand and machine knitted hats, scarves, mittens and pairs of socks to veterans since 2014. This year’s recipients will be men and women veterans of Soldier On, located and administered in both Leeds and Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

“Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services.

“In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.” (www.soldieron.org)

The Soldier On residential facility in Leeds serves women, so don’t be shy about using those pretty yarn colors in your socks, scarves and mittens. From their website: “Each resident, with assistance from a case manager, develops an individualized treatment plan that addresses issues such as addiction, physical or mental health problems, and homelessness.”

Your donations will surely be appreciated during the cold Massachusetts winters. We have invited two members of Soldier On to be our luncheon guests on August 6 when your gifts will be presented to them. You never know…they may want to learn how to crank!

For members not attending the conference, donations can be sent two ways:

  • Mail them anytime to Carol Gursslin, 165 West Ave., Hilton, NY 14468

  • Send them directly to Hotel UMass, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003, c/o Carol Gursslin, postmarked between July 28 and August 1.

Of course, conference participants should bring their donations to Amherst personally. To stay updated on pledges, read our newsletter and visit our Ravelry discussion thread at http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/circular-sock-knitting-machine-society-cskms/2858985/176-200#reply_form.