I just got home from the Smocking Arts Guild of America (SAGA) annual convention. It was a crazy, wonderful and exhausting time. There were old friends, new friends, line dancing, wonderful classes and stitching galore! Of special importance was the amazing Wee Care donations that were received.
Wee Care is the charitable arm of SAGA. Garments are made and embroidered or smocked and donated to area hospitals with Neo-natal units for babies that are born prematurely. The gowns are used to dress these little ones that that are too small for clothes you find in stores during their stay in the neo-natal unit, as well as for bereavement clothes should the worst happen. SAGA Chapters throughout the United States make and donate the gowns to their local area hospitals – over 7000 this year! But many members also bring gowns to the national convention. Members also use spare minutes during their time at convention to stitch bonnets. By the end of convention, there were over 700 donations for a hospital in the local area as well as to a local military hospital. This year the gowns were donated to Dallas Methodist Hospital and Darnell Army Hospital. Wanda DeWitt our new Wee Care Chair encouraged the donations by supplying a hand stitched reticule with all manner of goodies included as a raffle prize.
Each Wee Care donation earns the stitcher a Wee Care ticket for the Wee Care raffle basket. Interested in participating? You will find a list of all the SAGA chapters on the SAGA website at www.smocking.org. If you are looking for Wee Care patterns and ideas, check out the SAGA pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/smockingarts/wee-care/. Patterns such as this one are available.Start stitching now for a great cause and bring your donations to the 2014 SAGA convention in Orlando next September. As the new President Elect, I hope to see you there. Maybe we can convince Wanda to offer another reticule as a prize!