Chicks With Sticks

Chicks with Sticks - A Caring Ministry

Chicks With Sticks is changing meetings times!

The Schedule for Chicks with Sticks is changing this fall. We will be meeting on Thursday evenings, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. beginning on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and

we will be meeting in Room 150 (Oak Room) to provide better accessibility for all.

a faithful group of women who gather for fellowship and support, sharing new ideas and patterns, and knit and/or crochet a variety of items for charity. If you don't know

how to knit or crochet but would like to learn, we can teach you. We have the supplies needed to get started. If you would like to support the group in another way, we gratefully accept donations of yarn.

Chicks with Sticks is a group of women who meet once a week here at TUMC, but is not limited to TUMC members. Anyone is welcome to join us. We have grown to be

We will begin meeting again on Thursday evening, August 21, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Come join us!  Email Cindy for more information.

Donations to Cancer Treatment Center

We are delighted to start making chemo hats for the Cancer Treatment Center in Swansea IL.  Our September donation was 11 chemo fuzzy hats, 20 warm caps, and 5 bootie/slippers.  All sizes and types of caps/hats are needed.  Knit, crochet or cloth items are acceptable.  Adult sizes only please.  Completed items should be dropped off at the church.  Donations of yarn are always accepted.  Anyone can participate in this project.  Free cap/hat patterns are available on the Lion Brand yarn web site:  Contact  Cindy Whitcomb for more information.

Donations to St Elizabeth Hospital

We have started delivering donations to the Friends of St. Elizabeth Department of St Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville IL.  A total of 93 eye glass cases and 30 prayer shawls have been donated last year.    They have requested more prayer shawls, but are not taking any more eyeglass cases and we will continue to deliver the shawls throughout the year. This is an on-going project.   Our September donation was 30 Prayer Shawls and 40 scarves!  Thanks to all the members of Chicks with Sticks for their generous gifts of time and talent.  Check out the St. Elizabeth Hospital web site for more information on the Friends of St. Elizabeth group.

Donations to Anderson Hospital

We delivered 45 preemie hats to Anderson Hospital in March.  They do not need many hats because most of the premature infants are sent to St. Louis MO.  Thanks to the members of the Chicks with Sticks group for making these items.

Cunningham Children's Home Donations

We delivered 81 hats, 3 scarves and 3 preemie bootie sets to  the Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana IL, and they were thrilled to receive these items.  They immediately priced them for sale in their gift shop!  Information about this ministry of the United Methodist Women of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference can be found on the following web sites: or  They held a quilt show the weekend of April 8-10, 2011.  Pictures of the quilts are located on the lower left side of this page.  Thanks to all the members of this wonderful group for your gifts of time and talent!   

Hospice Donations

We are currently working on wash cloths to deliver to hospice patients from Family Hospice in Belleville.  Our September donation was 30 washcloths with soap, 16 washcloths plain, 8 eyeglass casses, assorted caps.  This is an on-going project, if you would like to make these, we are using 100% cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream) or similar brand.  They can be crochet or knit, any color.  The size depends on your knitting needle or crochet hook.  Most are around 10-12 inches in either a round or square shape.  We are placing a small soap in the center and draw up the sides then tie it together to make a gift bag.  Donations of fancy soaps or yarn are always welcome.  We have patterns available for crafters to use, contact Cindy Whitcomb at 618-667-6241 if you want to help. 


Chicks with Sticks will be featured in the local newspapers soon.  Look for a picture of Gail Joyner showing off our handiwork with the staff of Family Hospice of Belleville!

Cover St Louis Donations

The Following items were donated to the youth group of Troy UMC to deliver to homeless individuals in the St. Louis area:

34 Scarves,  19 pairs of mittens,  51 hats, all hand made by the ladies in the Chicks with Sticks knitting and crochet group.

Prayer Shawls for Fallen Soldiers

In support of military families suffering from the loss of their loved ones, we have decided to make prayer shawls for the Fallen Soldier Program at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. All military personnel killed in action are brought to this base for identification.  The families are received at the Fisher House and a prayer shawl is gived to each family during the "Repatriation and Dignified Transfer" of their loved one.  Over 5,000 have been given since this program started in 2009.  Free patterns can be found at the Lion Brand yarn web page:  Anyone can participate in this activity.  For more information about this military support program, visit their web site at:  Contact Cindy Whitcomb for more information about this ministry.   

More Chicks With Sticks

we have so much going on that we added a second page!  Check out our latest projects and pictures on "More Chicks with Sticks"