Reno, NV, February 14, 2008: Jimmy Beans Wool Donates Yarn and Knitters Donate Time towards Hand Knitted Hats for Tiny Heart Patients
The tiniest heart patients in the world receive first-class treatment at UC-San Francisco's Pediatric Heart Ward. Many also receive hats, socks and blankets - hand made labors of love donated by volunteers hoping to ease the burden of the situation for both the young children and their parents. The volunteer charity knitting, crochet and sewing brigade known as Lilly Bugs (www.lilybellegreen.org) was borne of tragedy, but now offers parents and patients in a similar situation a ray of hope.
"We started Lilly Bugs after a friend lost her two-year-old to complications resulting from a congenital heart defect. We started by distributing the hand-made donations to the pediatric ward at UCSF, but we're now getting requests for our blankets, socks and booties from other units in the hospital," said Mary Horner Mattola of Lily Bugs.
In an effort to help Lily Bugs meet the growing demand for its hand-made treasures, Jimmy Beans Wool, a knitting store based in Reno, NV, has chosen the non-profit as its 2008 first and second quarter Knit for Charity program.
"Many of our customers just love knitting, and knitting for charity gives them the opportunity to put their talents to work for a great cause," said Laura Zander, owner, Jimmy Beans Wool.
Individuals who knit or crochet a project for Lily Bugs and send it to Jimmy Beans Wool will receive a 25% JBW credit for the yarn they used. Jimmy Beans Wool will be collecting the items through the end of June 2008, and will then send them on to Lily Bugs. Please visit www.JimmyBeansWool.com/charity for more information on the program or www.lilybellegreen.org for more information on Lily Bugs.
Founded in 2002 by Laura Zander, aka "Jimmy," Jimmy Beans Wool is both a bricks and mortar and Internet knitting superstore, offering knitters worldwide a comprehensive selection of the finest yarns and knitting supplies along with the latest fashion trends. With customers from Los Angeles to Uzbekistan and all points in between, Jimmy Beans Wool has successfully created an international knitting community comparable to that of the local yarn store, and is the resource for knitters looking for inspiration, instructions and project help. Headquartered in Reno, NV, the store was recently the subject of a small business profile in Fortune Small Business (July/August 2007) and recently supported the donation of more than 150 hand-crafted items to www.StitchesFromTheHeart.org.