Needlepushers continues its work of knitting and sewing garments and visiting local kindergartens to give the original, handmade creations to children.
During 2018 more than 1,100 kindergartners in the Lakeside area received a gift from Needlepushers.
That is a record year for the group.
A new project this year was making bags for boys and girls and filling them with personal hygiene products, school supplies, socks, toys and a few other treasures.
The group visited kindergartens in Santa Cruz de la Soledad, San Juan Tecomotlán, San Nicolás de Ibarra, Riberas del Pilar, San Antonio Tlayacapán, and the Hope House orphanage for boys in Ixtlahuacán de Membrillos to gift these bags to approximately 350 appreciative children.
In December, Needlepushers gifted 243 sweaters to children in Chapala and Tlachichilco. They also gave out about 60 knit caps and bags described above to children at a kindergarten in Chapala. Last spring before Semana Santa, 490 kindergarteners in Jocotepec and San Juan Cosalá were outfitted with handmade dresses and vests.
Needlepushers, established in 1962 by Neill James, meets every Tuesday in the board room of the south campus of Lake Chapala Society (LCS). New members are always welcome. All supplies are acquired through membership dues and donations of fabric, sewing notions, yarn and cash. The group is also in need of travel-size toiletries for the bags described above. Donations can be left at the LCS office.
For further information or for pick up of donations, contact Susy Wright at (376) 765-7318.