Credit Union of Southern California Teams Up With Local Students to Build Better Lives in Anaheim Community Posted on July 15, 2014

Contact: Michelle Hunter

Credit Union of Southern California Teams Up With

Local Students to Build Better Lives in Anaheim Community

ANAHEIM, CA—What may appear to be an ordinary classroom of students playing after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is a mission in disguise: to crochet blankets, caps, scarves, and toiletry bags for some of the neediest members in their community.

Through their school’s after-school crochet club, students at Walt Disney Elementary School in Anaheim are using their free time to learn how to crochet while also aiming to make a difference for others.

The Walt Disney Elementary School Crochet Club is the brainchild of fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Eddeanne Sims. In an effort to pass the art of crocheting down to her students, she created the club to teach this skill to interested fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students and donate the items made by the students to various organizations in their community.

“Crocheting teaches patience, persistence, teamwork, and that no matter who you are, you can make a difference for someone else,” stated Sims.

When Lori Lyons, branch manager at Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) received news of this unique club, she swiftly worked with CU SoCal’s employee-inspired charity, CU SoCal Helping Hands, to donate $500 for purchasing supplies.

“This unique program which teaches children a new skill and empowers them to use their gifts and talents to enhance the lives of others touched our hearts and inspired us to contribute however we could,” stated Lyons. “At CU SoCal, we are passionate about making a difference, serving others, and enriching our communities. The mission of this crochet club aligns perfectly with CU SoCal’s mission.”

With the $500 donation from CU SoCal, a $300 grant from the Magnolia Education Enrichment Fund (MEEF), and five bins of yarn donated by a friend, Sims and her students began crocheting between one and two hours after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the school year. At school’s end in June, Sims’s crochet club donated twenty blankets in addition to scarves and toiletry bags to Ageless Alliance, an agency which advocates for abused and neglected seniors, as well as caps to Knots of Love, an organization that provides hand-crocheted caps for cancer patients.

Sims and her students were recognized at Anaheim’s City Council Meeting in June for their demonstration of stewardship and generosity.

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