Spun is happy to be in a position to help support the community that our family, friends, and customers call home. Since opening in 2015, we have worked with a number of partners to help knitters and crocheters ply their crafts to improve people’s lives. During the lead-up to the 2016 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., we served as a distribution point for Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman’s Pussyhat Project, delivering over 200 hats created by our customers into the hands of folks attending the march. We are currently accepting donations for Jayna’s Welcome Blanket project that we will ship to the Smart Museum in Chicago for distribution to newly arriving immigrants. Here are a few ongoing locally based programs that you can access through Spun:
Flash Donation Days
Starting in November 2016, we initiated regular Flash Donation Days, on which we donate 10 percent of Spun's gross sales to a local nonprofit. We have been happy to support the following organizations:
• 826 Michigan
• The ACLU of Michigan
• Crossing Water
• The Humane Society of Huron Valley
• The Jim Toy Community Center
• Peace Neighborhood Center
• Washtenaw Refugee Welcome
• The Youth Justice Fund
Mittens for Cold Hands
Ypsilanti’s Andrea Brush created the Mittens for Cold Hands project in 2016 to encourage local crafters to create 100 percent wool hats for the men of the Detroit Rescue Mission. Spun donated yarn, and our customers gave their time and skill, and just before Christmas Eve 2016, we handed off over 100 pairs of mittens to Andrea, who delivered them to the shelter. This year, Andrea has expanded the program to include mittens, scarves, and hats for children, women, and men. Our generous customers have already picked up all the yarn we are donating this year, but there’s still time to bust into your stash and create a handmade gift that will make a difference. We will be accepting donations until the week before Christmas 2017.
Knit Michigan was founded by Joan Sheridan to provide comfort items to cancer patients, collecting handknits from volunteers and distributing them around the state, trying to meet the ongoing need for chemo caps, blankets, pillows, and Knitted Knockers (TM). Spun serves as a collection point for Knit Michigan: bring your goods to us, and we will help them reach their destination. Knit Michigan also honors individual requests. Simply send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, including a note about the patient and their treatment center, and they will work to get you the items you need.
The Robert J. Delonis Center
Ann Arbor’s main shelter, located on Huron just west of First Avenue, is regularly in need of donated items, especially women’s
hygiene products and undergarments (new in the package). Drop any donations at Spun, and we will get them into the right hands.