Thank you Cleveland!

warm-up-clevelandA total of 1,379 items were donated in 2015 to help our neighbors in need!

Hundreds of generous crafters fired up their knitting needles, crochet hooks and sewing machines for Warm Up Cleveland in 2015. Thank you to everyone who donated time, talents and materials!

Warm Up Cleveland is an ongoing initiative here at the Cleveland Public Library. Drop off completed items, yarn or supplies year round at any Cleveland Public Library location.

Handmade or new, purchased items (with tags) are needed in all sizes (infants through adults; men, women and children): hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, gloves, handwarmers, headbands, socks, slippers, sweaters, blankets, shawls, afghans, quilts, stuffed toys, baby clothes, baby booties, baby blankets, and more.

ravelry-logo-81r-300xFor more information about Warm Up Cleveland, contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216-623-2921.

All items donated to Warm Up Cleveland are distributed to local charitable organizations including the following:

2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter which serves homeless men in the city of Cleveland.

Asian Services in Action which serves Asian immigrants and local families of Asian descent. Many of the families served are refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who arrive in Cleveland completely unprepared for Cleveland weather and the children, especially, are in desperate need of warm accessories.

Warm Up ClevelandBishop William M. Cosgrove Center, a drop-in day center which provides meals, showers, clothing and a wide range of basic needs assistance for those in need. City of Cleveland Health Centers (J. Glenn Smith and McCafferty Health Centers)

Esperanza, Inc. which serves Hispanic families in Cleveland.

Friends of Mothers and Infants which promotes the health of families by providing essential items for mothers, infants and children who are clients of the Metro Health Center for Community Health.

Laura’s Home shelter for women and children (part of the City Mission family of service organizations.)

Mary’s House which provides a safe place and support services and referrals to women struggling with addiction.

Moms First provides health education and service coordination for expectant mothers from pre-natal care up until their children are age 2 in order to reduce the alarmingly high infant mortality rates in the city of Cleveland.

The Norma Herr Women’s Shelter (formerly the Community Women’s Shelter) which serves homeless women and those transitioning out of homelessness.

Pathways Family Outreach Center, another part of the City Mission family of services, which serves families and individuals of all ages.

Providence House Crisis Nursery (for children from birth to age 6 whose parents voluntarily surrender their children when their family is in crisis for any reason.)

West Haven and Next Step Youth Shelters which serve young adults ages 19 – 24, especially young people who have aged out of foster care and county custodial care and are in need of shelter, job training and assistance and services to help them establish themselves in the absence of a family or other support network.

West Side Catholic Center which operates walk-in and social services centers open to anyone in need as well as a shelter for women with children.