Luba's Blanket

Luba's Blanket

Knitting A Web of Compassion Throughout Lorain County, Ohio

Who We Are How You Can Help! Upcoming Projects Luba's Heroes Upcoming Events Updated! Places Luba's Blanket Has Gone Contact Us or Donations Photos
Number of Donated Squares(Updated!) Number of Donated Items (Updated!) Friends to Visit

Who We Are

Since 2005, we have been a charitable volunteer organization who understands that sometimes even the simplest gift is appreciated. Luba's Blanket started as a call for help for the child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The idea was presented by the Jewish Family Foundation. We thought it would be a wonderful program to continue on a local level.

In Russian, luba means love. The blankets are now being offered to children in hospitals as well as the elderly in nursing and rehabilitation homes. Sometimes the simplest gift of warmth, love and the idea that someone cares about you is the greatest gift of all!

We also hold special meetings occasionally to get the community involved. We sit around knitting for a good cause and have a lot of fun. Sometimes, we even have beginning knitting or crocheting classes so that everyone can be involved. Check back often to see when the next scheduled event is being held.

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How You Can Help!

We are a charity volunteer organization. We rely totally on good people volunteering time knitting and/or resources such as yarn, needles, crochet hooks and monetary donations. We strongly encourage Church groups or other civic groups to become involved as our greatest need is knitters or crocheters. It's a great way to get involved within your community.

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Upcoming Projects

In addition to the scarves, rectangles, hats and all other items, we are now knitting breast replacements for those women recieving mastectomies. These items will be donated to local cancer wards and local Breast Cancer organizations. Your help is greatly appreciated and needed! We are partnering with Knitted Knockers for this project and patterns for these items can be found at their site.

Knitted Knockers

This year Luba's Blanket is focusing on a different medical need each month along with our regular charitable donations. These conditions are recognized nationally during the chosen month. For example, March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Items knitted/crocheted will be donated to a local charity helping those with MS. As each medical condition also has a corresponding color associated with it, items donated will be within that color scheme. Below, please find our upcoming goals:

January -- Cervical Health/Teal and White; Birth Defects/Pink and Blue; Glaucoma/Green; Thyroid/Light Blue
February -- Heart Awareness/Red
March -- Brain Injury/Green; Endometriosis/Yellow; MS/Multi-Colored Prism (Variegated)
April -- Alcohol Awareness/Red; Autism/Rainbow; Sarcoidosis/Purple
May -- Stroke/Red; Hepatitis/Red and Yellow; Lupus/Purple; Mental Health/Gray; Arthritis/Blue
June -- Scleroderma/Light Blue
July -- Hemochromatosis/Burgundy
August -- Immunizations/Black and White
September -- Drug Addictions/Red; Ovarian Cancer/Teal; Prostate Cancer/Light Blue
October -- Breast Cancer/Pink; Domestic Violence/Purple; Down's Syndrome/Blue and Yellow; Spina Bifida/Yellow
November -- Diabetes/Gray; Lung Cancer/Pearl (White); Alzheimer's/Purple; Pancreatic Cancer/Purple
December -- AIDS/Red; Aplastic Anemia/Red and White

If you have any charities you would like recognized through this program, please e-mail the charity and its corresponding color using the contact information below.

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Luba's Heroes

Without the generous support of some people, our outreach would never be as succesful and meaningful as it has been. Below is a list of these people. We extend a heart-felt thank you and may God bless you always.

Special requests: We are in need of more rectangles to assemble blankets. We have also had a request for knitted toys from the various women and childrens' organizations to which we donate. All help is appreciated and as always everything is needed! Thank you.

  • Jessica Pease, Orlando, Florida for recent donation
  • Martha Adams, Morristown, Tennesse for recent donation
  • Annette Stoyka, Amherst, Ohio for monetary donation
  • Amy Bastock, Amherst, Ohio for monetary donation
  • Terry McGuire, Powhatan, Ohio, hats and scarves.
  • Lorraine Nolan, Orlando, Florida for 2 scarves.
  • Nicole Ackerman andReiki Pagoda Westlake, Ohio for monetary donations.
  • Matushka Melania Adamcio, Chicago, Illinois for crocheting 2,140 rectangles and 10 scarves!!
  • Matushka Nadean Stoyka, Lorain, Ohio for donating 1019 rectangles
  • Larry Simmons for donating knitted hats
  • Loretta Ricco for hats, slippers, scarves, booties, sweaters and rectangles
  • Ellen Remaklus for donating hats and rectangles
  • Katie Little for donation of yarn
  • Vee Fusco, Orlando, Florida, for donation of knitted hats
  • Sam and Kathy Jacobs, for financial donation for yarn
  • Tina Casey for donating yarn
  • Terri McGuire, Powhaten Pt., Ohio,for donating scarves, shawls and hats
  • Betty Bradbury for hats, slippers, scarves, booties, sweaters and rectangles
  • Jessica Reese, Orlando, Florida, for donation of hats and scarves
  • Pat Catan's Craft Stores for donating 491 rectangles
  • Katie Sand for blankets
  • Becky Dickerson for yarn donation
  • Gloria Deverick for yarn transportation
  • Joanne Chemorov for yarn donation
  • Delaine Ward, Lorain, Ohio for donating towards gift bags
  • John Lachowyn, North Olmsted, Ohio for donating towards gift bags
  • Chris and Paula Baymiller, Oberlin, Ohio for donating towards gift bags
  • Natalie Ceja of Lorain, Ohio
  • Midge Liles for donating towards postage
  • Stitch Sisterz for donating yarn
  • Elaine Hiliard, Avon, Ohio for donating yarn
  • Nada Visnich, Avon, Ohio for donating shipping costs for South Africa
  • Cecilia Falcon, Amherst, Ohio for donating shipping costs for South Africa
  • Olga Sivinski, Amherst, Ohio for donating shipping costs for South Africa
  • Cindy Shairba, Elyria, Ohio, for donating 605 rectangles and 10 scarves
  • Phyllis Glunt, Elyria, Ohio, for donating 18 rectangles and 4 scarves
  • Father Vladimir (Pozywak), of Lorain, Ohio, for donating yarn
  • Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church (Father Joseph and Father Vladimir) for continually letting us use the Church Hall.

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Upcoming Meetings/Events

On Saturday, May 2 2015, Luba's Blanket proudly participated in the MS Walk in Oberlin, Ohio. At the event we distributed: 17 blankets, 80 hats, 4 pair of slippers, 11 headbands, 8 pairs of mittens, and 1 bag.. See you next year!

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 8, 2015. We will be putting together rectangles into blankets. The meeting will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Hall, 2238 East 32nd Street, Lorain, Ohio 44055. Please enter the Hall through the door on the side of the Church.

We have a good time knitting/crocheting and getting to know one another. There is even someone there to teach knitting if you didn't know how to but would like to join in anyway. All knitted/crocheted items will now be going to those in need in our surrounding communities in Lorain County. All ages, skill levels and groups are always welcome!

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Places Luba's Blankets Has Gone

A list of places that have received donations from Luba's Blanket.

  • Hospice of the Western Reserve, Lorain, Ohio
           11 blankets
  • Nord Crisis Stabilization Unit, Lorain, Ohio
           8 blankets
  • BirthRight, Lorain, Ohio
           9 blankets, 21 hats, 3 pair of mittens, 1 headband, 1 toy
  • NAMI, Lorain, Ohio
           22 hats
  • Blessing House, Lorain, Ohio
           50 hats, 15 pairs of mittens, 10 headbands
  • Saint Joseph's Shelter, Lorain, Ohio
           38 scarves
  • Genesis House, Lorain, Ohio
           38 scarves
  • Haven Center, Lorain, Ohio
           38 scarves
  • AIDS Taskforce, Lorain, Ohio
           38 scarves
  • Rape Crisis Center, Lorain, Ohio
           38 scarves
  • The Key, LACADA, Lorain, Ohio
           9 blankets, 27 hats
  • Birthright, Lorain, Ohio
           41 hats, 1 sweater, 1 head band, 10 pair of mittens

Countries knitted items have gone:

visited 9 states (4%)
Create your own visited map of The World
Photos of items donated

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Contact Us or Donations

Would you like to donate knitted or crocheted squares or scarves?

The squares need to be 100% Acrylic/Worsted Weight knitted with a 7 needle or crocheted with a G hook and should be 7" x 9". Please cast on 35 or if crocheting chain 30. Any pattern goes!

The blankets, scarves and hats are distributed to worthy organizations within Lorain County.

Scarves can be of any yarn and needle size. You can use any pattern you like on the scarves. All goods should be mailed to the address listed below. Thank you!!

Luba's Blanket
P.O. Box 1268
Lorain, Ohio 44055 U.S.A.

As we are a charity and make no profit from our donations or goods, we rely solely on the donations of time, money, and knitted/crocheted goods from kind-hearted individuals.

Checks should be made out to Anysia Wharton. To contact Anysia and Luba via e-mail, you may do so at:

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Friends to Visit

Our Friends:
Reiki Pagoda
Stitch Sisterz
Lion Brand
Daily Knitter
Genesis House
Knitted Knockers

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