make it to give it

knotting the jazzy comforter

One component of The Bee that really speaks to our tag line of “gathering with purpose” is our charitable outreach.

While some items created by The Bee are made for sale, hive members may choose to make items specifically for donation to a good cause.

Those who participate in Make It to Give It decide on a project they enjoy making (or want to learn to make) and everyone in the group works on the same type of item (or single item, in the case of something large) for a certain amount of time.  The group, by consensus, decides on the beneficiary(ies) of their finished items.

Non-profit organizations in the greater York area are invited to contact us to discuss the possibility of The Bee creating an item for them to auction at an event or for smaller items to fulfill a specific need of their group.


Summer 2014 – Our current Make It to Give It project is creating table runners for this Fall’s Farm to City Dinner event, held in downtown York. The benefit raises awareness about the importance of knowing where one’s food comes from and monies raised support the hosting organizations: The Horn Farm Center, Healthy World Cafe and York County Buy Fresh Buy Local.  (Here’s a story about last year’s event.)

The table runners will be used for the 2014 event and auctioned/sold to benefit the three organizations.

To get involved, show up at one of our Buzz Ins, or email

UPDATE, 29 September:  The Farm to City Street Dinner is this coming Sunday, October 5!  Here are some quick snapshots of a couple of the 16 or so table runners produced by The Bee to be offered at the silent auction to benefit the organizations.  Still time to get your tickets!

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Winter/Spring 2013-14 – New  valances are being made for windows in the 11 bedrooms of Bell Family Shelter.

Fall/Winter 2012-13 – The MI2GI group is currently making toiletry bags for residents of Bell Family Shelter.  Using a variety of materials from our donated stash, members are sewing, crocheting, and knitting bags suitable for residents to carry items back and forth from their room at the Shelter to the bathroom.

Jazz & Jeans quiltFall 2011 –  Our first large-scale offering to raise money for local charity was a tied quilt produced by members and friends of the collective.  An original design, incorporating donated fabric and repuposed clothing, the quilt was auctioned at Bell Family Shelter’s 25th anniversary Jazz & Jeans event in November, raising $200.


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