Saturday, November 27, 2010

Homemade Hats for Heirlooms for Hospice

Tom sent me this article from the Grand Junction Free Press:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Calling all knitters, crocheters, and other crafty people.

Suzi Potratz of Fruita organized a unique fundraiser for Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado by asking people to donate homemade hats of any size, shape, style and material to be sold Dec. 4-11, at the Heirlooms for Hospice store, 635 Main St.

Kathy Martin, Heirlooms regional manager, said the store sells a lot of hats during this season and thought this would be a successful event, according to Hospice development director Jacquie Chappell-Reid.

“We just want them to be handmade,” Chappell-Reid said.

Hats will be collected at Benges Shoe Store, 514 Main St., through Nov. 27.

Organizers are asking for hats to be dropped off at the shoe store as opposed to Heirlooms, in order to avoid mixing with the store's other donations, Chappell-Reid said.

All proceeds from the hat sales will go toward Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado's general fund.

Potratz had a family member who used Hospice's services.

“It's interesting how periodically we have someone call (it's called a third-party event) and organize a fundraiser and then simply donate the proceeds,” Chappell-Reid said.

A woodworker donated hundreds of dollars to Hospice earlier this fall from the sale of toy wooden spinning tops at the Fruita Fall Festival, she said.

For more information about the homemade hat fundraiser, call Potratz at 623-3913, or e-mail

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