An Update On The Chain Gang
In the June 8th issue of Talking Crochet, we featured a story
on the Chain Gang, a group of intellectually challenged young adults
in Minnesota who have learned how to crochet and knit from a
compassionate and selfless woman named Pamela. Their dream was to use
their creative talents to make items for a craft sale in order to
raise funds for the group to participate in the Special Olympics in
Many of our readers were touched by the Chain Gang's story and have
pitched in to help this special group. I recently received an update
from Pamela on the group's efforts. She writes:
"I wanted to update all of you on the happenings of the Chain
Gang, those fantastic young people who are knitting and crocheting
their way to the Special Olympics. "We had a craft sale
scheduled for Father's Day at our local department store. The
weather was beautiful and we could not have asked for a nicer day.
When we arrived at the store, we were told by the manager that
because the sidewalk was torn up due to construction, we could not
hold our craft sale.
"We climbed back into the van, heads held high and not one tear
until after we left the parking lot.
What were we to do? So many wonderful folks had pitched in and sent
crafts for the sale. Now, with no craft sale, there would be no
"Well, thanks to three wonderful and dear women from VV
Designs, we have been rescued! They have put together a
beautiful web page for us that includes an online craft store where
the Gang can sell the items they have made. Please come and visit us
"The craft shop is now open. Browse awhile, look at our
pictures and feel free to shop! Please spread the word about our Web
site. We appreciate so much the many beautiful people out there
offering to help with donations, craft supplies and crocheting their
fingers to the bone for us.
"Thank you all so much for all you are doing for these young
adults who have so many struggles in their lives but face it all
bravely. You are helping to make their dream come true!"
You know, I have no doubts at all that these young people will indeed
be participating in the Special Olympics. With their enthusiasm and
determination, how could they not succeed? Stay tuned for further
updates as events unfold.