Since 2001, Power Pioneers have been generously giving their time and talents to make hand-made items for hospitals, seniors’ homes and other charities throughout British Columbia.
We have many knitters, crocheters and seamstresses across the province, who make over 1,000 crafts each year. Many branches work with their local hospital or a charity to donate the hand-made items, or where they do not have a local partner they donate to BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH)
For our provincial program we work closely with BCCH, a major recipient of our crafted items, to ensure our gifts meet the needs of patients. In recent years the program has expanded and shifted its emphasis away from its origins in making baby toques for premature infants to include clothing for babies, blankets and pillowcases, slippers for all ages, and many other knitted items. The focus is on children more than on babies, keeping in mind that the hospital serves children up to age 18.
The hospital has an urgent, ongoing need for slippers – especially in larger (adult) sizes for older children in bed and visiting parents. Other needed items are blankets, pillowcases and finger puppets. The hospital also shares baby items with Women’s Hospital; baby clothing is particularly appreciated by the less-fortunate new mothers.
With growing concerns about infection control, stuffed toys are now given out only as a child leaves the hospital. Finger puppets, however, are much appreciated by children, parents and staff, and the hospital can’t get enough of these. All the kids who come into the hospital need blood tests. A finger puppet is a wonderful distraction, consolation and reward.
Blankets are a useful item: baby blankets, and those large enough to use as a wrap, or as a personal security blanket. For those who sew but don’t knit or crochet, fabric blankets, quilts and pillowcases are a great project. Pillowcases can be a colourful, personal possession, useful not only for a pillow, but as a laundry bag or a bag for toys or other personal items.
All our donations are given with the understanding that BCCH will use them as and where appropriate. They could go to cancer patients, those in the mental health unit, or Emergency, for example. Many items, such as baby outfits, are shared with BC Women’s Hospital. In some cases, items could even be given to the gift shop, helping to raise funds.
Want to participate?
Please contact your local branch rep to see how you can participate. Download patterns, and see more details on items needed, on the Pattern Library page or feel free to use your own patterns for items on the list.
We also accept donations of yarn. Donations of yarn or your hand-crafted items may be brought to monthly Branch meetings, or may be sent OCS to Lorilee Koltai, Dunsmuir 15.
Branch Caring Crafts Coordinators
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