The Ely Folk School is making mittens for kids in Ukraine!

Why? Because hearty Elyites know that there is no bad weather, just improper preparation and access to good clothing. We are putting that belief to good use and drawing on Ely’s resourcefulness and neighborliness to sew рукавиці (mittens) for children in Ukraine.

A project like this takes a village! A heartfelt thank you to our volunteer team of fabric cutters and sewers! And thank you to Wintergreen Northern Wear, who donated our first batch of fleece. Without Wintergreen, the project would not have gotten off the ground! 

Our village doors are open. Do you have fleece forgotten in your closet? Consider donating it to the Mittens for Ukraine campaign. Do you have a sewing machine and some time? Consider joining our sewing team. Do you want to be involved in mitten creation, but don’t reside in Ely? Reach out and we can send you copies of our patterns. One very crucial way to help is to donate money to cover fleece purchases and shipping costs. When donating, please put “Mittens” in the memo line. Our current goal is to make 500 pairs of mittens this winter! Can we exceed that goal? 

Our next work session is this Thursday, October 6 at 10 am. Following work sessions will be scheduled based on our supply of available fabric.

Check out this great article published in the TimberJay.