Friends of Pennywise
- people making good use of the resources of the world.

This page is named Friends of Pennywise because these are websites or news articles or people who live the Pennywise way. As we come across more , we'll post them whenever we can.

We want to be spreading the news of the good - and great - things that people do to make this world a better place. So, this page, we consider to be part of 'spreading the story' but in more ways than one.

First of all, we'd like to let you know about them. Secondly, we'd like to help promote their cause.

And, thirdly, we believe that you may be a great source of good works for this earth, too. Many people do come up with plans of their own but it's not very often we haven't been inspired by someone else's good ideas first.

So - here's to Inspiration - yours, mine and every else's!

Who are Pennywise People?

(People who are trying to live the concept of being Pennywise.)

Being Pennywise is to be careful and diligent in the use of resources -

your health, family, friends, environment, time and money.


Are there people you know that would be good Friends of Pennywise? Send us their website and we'll consider posting their website here, too. After all, what they support, we support - and all of us get encouraged and inspired by the positive actions of others. Who knows? You may be a Friend, too.

Thanks to all!

Friends of Pennywise

Shelters International Disaster Response (SIDR)

Today I had the supreme pleasure of speaking with Laura Allan, president of Shelters International Disaster Response (SIDR) . SIDR has been quietly working for a number of years by going into communities stricken by disaster and helping to build safe shelters.

I was deeply impressed by her commitment to others and going what I call "the extra mile".

This is "Pennywise" thinking - using our resources (ourselves, our knowledge, our abilities) to help others even if it seems as if it's just in a small way. (That's if you call 400 wells, 600 permanent homes and 700 homes rehabilitated and more, 'a small way'.

The thing is "small things lead to great things".

To get more information or if you can donate or would like to volunteer, please go here. It will take you to their site where you can make a donation through Paypal. You'll find their contact information there, too.

More on the Disaster in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan here.

More on SIDR and Photos from their work in Haiti 2008 here.

Information on Donations here.

Thanks to all!


Yellow Leaf Hammocks

They say: " From the moment we discovered these hammocks, we fell in love. Not just with their cushy embrace or their beautiful colors, but with their impact. Right off the bat, one of the most amazing things we saw was that their creation had a positive impact on every level of society - people, planet and prospects for the future.

When we decided to take Yellow Leaf Hammocks global, we made a commitment to embrace this multi-tiered impact as the foundation of our business plan and hold the Four Pillars of Sustainability as the guiding principles for every business decision we make...

Read more on their site http://yellowleafhammocks.com/ourstory/


Whiski Jack's Rock4kids

This is an ANNUAl Event. That's right! Every year they just do it again!

A Local Pub in West Kelowna, B.C. does GOOD! Lots of GOOD.

Whiski Jacks Rock4kids is one of our favourite local fundraisers is the annual event at Whiski Jack’s Pub in downtown West Kelowna that is held in early December.

It just goes to show what we at Best Pennywise Tips always say about small business owners and their staff. They are a generous bunch of people! So many of them go out of their way to support their local communities.

Please support local small business here in the Okanagan - or wherever you live.

We know that often the support small businesses in the Okanagan give is done quietly and without a lot of fanfare, but NOT Rock4Kids at Whiski Jack’s.

Read more about it here and learn how you can help raise funds for local Charities.


Do You Love Knitting & Crocheting?

Lion Brand Yarn Suggests

We totally give a Hat's Off Award to Lion Brand Yarn for this list of where you can donate your knitting and crocheting to worthy organizations.

Lion Brand Blog: 5 Charities that Need Your Knit & Crochet Donations

I know lots of people, men and women, love to knit and crochet, as well as, other needlework arts.Sometimes even though you love making things for yourself, family, and friends, you still have the time and Big Generous Heart to want to make things for others.

Here are some perfect ways for you to do the needlework you love and share the love you have in your heart for others.

Of course, you may also have a big stash of yarn that's your fingers are just itching to turn into something. Leftover yarn from bigger projects (or, let's face it, it was on sale and you couldn't resist) may be the right amount for hats, mitts, and scarves. These smaller projects are often easy enough to do while you watch movies TV. Even smaller baby or child size blankets can often be whipped up in a few evenings.

One more idea, why not search your local community to find where the need is. Local hospitals often look for children's blankets, and what about women's shelters, some police units hand out teddy Bears or other stuffed animals, and Food banks and other organizations that serve families may be able to help find homes for your creative achievements. Ask around service clubs, seniors centers,  and non-profit organizations, even local politician to find a fit. 

Some organizations appreciate items to sell in their annual fundraisers, too, where the proceeds go directly to the needy. And I especially like places where you can donate new items for financially stretched parents to get gifts to give to their children. Helping out a parent this way, I've found, is one of the most heart-warming things you can do. To see the love and gratitude in the eyes of their child is beyond description. Every child should have a gift - but, even more, every child needs to receive a gift from their parents.

And, is their a town or city anywhere who doesn't have homeless, hard up, and needy citizens that can use your help? Think Winter! The hands you warm, the ears you protect, the bodies that receive comfort, and the hearts that are touched  from your generous offerings may even be someone you know. 

Having had Breast Cancer, I know first hand the need for soft, warm hats when you are going through chemotherapy. Extra soft ones for at night (your head can get SO cold) in pretty sleepy-time colors and thicker ones for those really rough cold days when you have to venture outside. I know all you super creative knitters and crocheters out there will understand that when you are so ill and pale, your hair has fallen out, your clothes might not fit any more, and you are weak, feeling drained and fearful, a pretty, stylish hat can brighten your day immeasurably.

You'll be surprised how they can get worn out after a few months of daily use, too.

Extend yourself even more by inviting your friends and neighbors, your church group or fitness class over for an evening or afternoon of crocheting or knitting once a week or once a month.

Yes, I have stolen this from a Lion Brand Yarn email...hope they don't mind.

Where to Donate Your Knitting and Crochet

Yarncrafting is fun, but it can also do a lot of good. From kids to animals to the homeless, you can send your finished products to many different organizations to provide warmth and comfort to those in need. Below are five charities that will accept knitted or crocheted items.

-Head Huggers provides hats for cancer patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. You can mail them to a central location for distribution or find a local organization through their network. For these hats it's best to use soft, washable yarns and make them as smooth and seamless as possible for comfort.

-Hats 4 the Homeless distributes knitted goods to the homeless population in New York City every winter. You don't have to be in NYC to donate; they have an address where you can mail your goods. It's not just hats, either -- they'll also take scarves, socks, and gloves.

-Snuggles Project is great for anyone who wants to help animals. You make a little blanket for an animal -- knit, crochet, or sew -- and give them to a participating shelter. The Snuggles provide comfort and warmth to the creatures in the shelters while they wait for their forever homes.

-Project Linus provides comfort blankets for kids who need them due to illness, trauma, or other reasons. They accept homemade blankets from smoke-free environments, which can be donated in person through a local chapter.  

-Knitted Knockers gives handmade prosthetic breasts to those who have had mastectomies. They are soft, lightweight alternatives to hot, sweaty, uncomfortable (my edit-Yes, they are)  prosthetics that often require special tops or bras to wear. You can find local providers to donate the items, and there are patterns on the site.

See more here and find some terrific patterns


In Case You Were Wondering:

No, though we are an Affiliate website, meaning we derive some compensation from some products, we do not get any compensation from Lion Brand or anyone else on our Friends of Pennywise pages.

This is one way we like to acknowledge the work of others who serve this planet and those who reside on it.

Thanks to them all!

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