Saturday, August 23, 2014

CCS program adds mittens to its menu

Mittens will be made from old wool sweaters.
Posted on March 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 13, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

ELKHART — Soup of Success has built a reputation for helping area women learn valuable life skills while producing soups, dips and greeting cards, but this year the program is adding another non-edible item to the assembly line.

In the coming months, Soup of Success — a program of Church Community Services — will begin producing warm wool mittens, Director Betsy Ayrea said.

The mittens, made from old wool sweaters and lined with fleece, will be available this fall for $30 per pair.

Mechiel Dues, a recent graduate of the Soup of Success program, has been hired to run the new program.

“Graduating was a bittersweet moment,” Dues said. “I’d said that if I could go through the program all over again I would, and here I am, still here.”

“In class she did so well with the volunteers and was so good with quality control on the food lines,” Ayrea said of Dues. “She had great attention to detail and was always taking initiative.”

Carla Chester, a longtime Soup of Success volunteer, donated her mitten business, The Mitten Company, to the charity earlier this year after making mittens for four years.

Chester donated her supplies and trained Ayrea and Dues to make the mittens.

Ayrea is asking for the community’s help to get the project off the ground. She is looking for wool sweaters, vintage buttons and gift cards to Hobby Lobby, where she buys the fleece used to line the mittens.

“We can get two to three pair (of mittens) depending on the sweater,” Ayrea said. “We wash and shrink them down, but they need to have a high, high percentage of wool for it to work.”

Any garments donated to the project that cannot be used for the mittens will be donated to a local clothing pantry, Ayrea said.

Donations can be dropped off at the Soup of Success building at 907 Oakland Avenue in Elkhart.

Chester sold her mittens at the Goshen Farmers Market, local craft bazaars and several shops in Indianapolis, Ayrea said. Soup of Success will continue to provide mittens for the Indianapolis stores and may rent a booth at the farmers market.

For more information on the Soup of Success mittens project, check out the program’s blog.

 FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. has prompted calls for more officers to wear so-called

Updated 26 minutes ago
 A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Updated 35 minutes ago
 Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after  meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York.  The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Updated 1 hour ago
Back to top ^