Tempe Yarn & Fiber (2010)
After hearing about Knitted Knockers from a customer, in the fall of 2010, Tempe Yarn started a two month community service project making Knitted Knockers for the Chandler Regional Cancer Center. Local knitters made about 100 Knitted Knockers and the shop gave them to the Cancer Center where they were given to patients for free.
At the end of the two months, the shop started a new community service project. Then the Cancer Center called asking when they could get their next shipment of knitted knockers? In parallel customers continued to make them.
Fast forward to 2015, the Knitted Knockers effort has morphed into a worldwide program. Because of its growth, it separated from Tempe Yarn and became Knitted Knockers Charities a 501 (c) (3) public charity. A website was set up, www.KnittedKnockersUSA.org, to provide information to cancer survivors on how to get knitted knockers and to locate knitters who would make them.
Knitted Knockers Charities has collected from volunteer knitters across the USA over 8,000 knitted knockers and distributed them for free, to mastectomy patients in all 50 states. But beyond our efforts, there are now groups in Arizona (Bag & Boob Babes, Saddle Brooke Knit Wits), Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin that are making, donating and/or distributing knitted knockers in their local areas.
It doesn't stop there, worldwide there is: Knitted Knockers UK, Knitted Knockers Australia, Knitted Knockers South Africa, Knitted Knockers Alberta, plus groups in Mexico, Germany and Finland.
In October, 2013, Tempe Yarn was featured in the Reader's Digest as one of the three "Breast Cancer Heroes You've Never Heard Of." This article made mastectomy patients across the USA aware of Knitted Knockers Charities and requests flooded in.
Today the original Knitted Knockers model and vision started by Chesley Flotten remains unchanged. Volunteers make knitted knockers and organizations distribute them for free to mastectomy patients.
If you or someone you know needs knitted knockers, simply send Knitted Knockers Charities an email firstname.lastname@example.org with you name, mailing address and cup size, and they'll send you a free pair of Knitted Knockers.
If you are interested in helping make Knitted Knockers visit KnittedKnockersusa.org for more information. You can help change a women's life forever.
There are no paid positions at Knitted Knockers Charities and all expenses are paid with donations made by recipients and the local community.