Needlepushers is a charitable social club of foreigners living in the Lake Chapala area. Originated in 1962 by Neill James in honor of her mother, an avid knitter, Needlepushers have been knitting, crocheting and sewing for needy children in the lakeside area for over half a century. The products of these hardworking volunteers are distributed throughout lakeside communities and in the surrounding mountain villages. The work and the results are amazing!
Please join us. The group meets every Tuesday, 10 - 11:45 AM in the SC Board Room. For contact information, check out our entry on the Activities By Group page.
We meet together to knit, crochet and sew to make the lives of needy children better. We also work in conjunction with other charities such as “Mi Bebé y Yo” and the prison doll ministry.
We get our supplies of yarn, fabric and accessories from donations of either items we need, items we can sell for money to buy and from cash donations. We have ample supplies of the fabric, yarn, needles, buttons and accessories you may need to make your garment.
Anyone can be a member. You don’t even need to know how to knit, crochet or sew. Many of our members would be more than willing to teach you what you want to learn, or you can just be there to socialize during meetings and help with distributions. Most of our supplies are stored in our bodega on the Lake Chapala Society property.
Membership is $100 pesos per year with dues collected during January or prorated for those who join during the year. And, of course, all the volunteer time you wish to donate.
We have held distributions from as far East as Mezcala to North in Cedros and West around the end of the lake at Villa Infantile Guadalupe y San Jose A.C. We target pre-schools, kindergartens and primary grades.
Sweater distribution begins in early November and continues through the middle of December. Our goal is to get warm sweaters to lakeside children before the weather gets unbearably cold for them. In 2014 we distributed more than 200 sweaters to needy lakeside children.
Dress and vest distributions begin in February and continue through early March. Our goal is to get as many needy children in new Spring dresses and vests in time for the Easter season. Each year Needlepushers distributes around 200 dresses to very excited little girls.
Our vest distribution began in 2012 with a vest for Chuy (an orphan at La Ola Casa Hogar orphanage in Jocotepec). He was our inspiration to begin making vests for the boys in the Spring. In 2015 we distributed more than 130 vests to some very proud little boys.