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Welcome to a little square & The Pink Pom-Pom Project!
We are a modern take on the local charity shop by providing fun new contemporary children’s clothing, accessories, shoes, gifts and toys directly from the current markets!
What separates a little square from every other retail store in Fairfield is we have a (soon to be registered) charity called The Pink Pom-Pom Project (PPPP) which is a crafting for emotional therapy initiative. We teach cancer survivors, friends, family and even underprivileged inner city youth and emotionally challenged children the importance of crafting as a means of therapy. All monies made at a little square goes directly to support The PPPP - a profit for non-profit model of sorts.
I founded The Pink Pom-Pom Project in January 2011 shortly after I was diagnosed with Stage 2, Grade 2 Breast Cancer in London, UK. My Oncologist had informed me that winter was coming, it would be the coldest since 100 years and to make my bedroom a sanctuary. He suggested I find some projects to keep me busy with.
So, I painted my bedroom walls a lovely Safari Tan, bought a sewing machine and kit, an easel with fabulous blank canvases, 2 full sets of paint: Acrylic and Oils; and new yarns to knit with. I knew I was going to be there for a while recovering from Chemotherapy and had to buck up and make the most out of a bad situation.
I started with knitting and never looked back! First I knit my very own floppy cancer hat. I couldn’t figure out why my head was so cold after I lost my hair – seriously, why would I think about that? When I finished I topped it off with a large bright pink pom pom.
The hat inspired me to make another and another. I started knitting in Chemotherapy sessions, then at home, then everywhere I went. I then moved to scarves and started donating them to The Haven, a Breast Cancer support center located in Fulham, London and then to The Macmillan Cancer Support Center on Harley Street.
Friends heard what I was doing and volunteered to help and The Pink Pom-Pom Project was born! I started organizing Stitch & Bitch parties, then meeting with children for The Pink Pom-Pom Project Party boxes, and ultimately making quilts for Volunteers that devote countless hours of their time to help those in need.
I applied for Trademark Protection in January 2011 and received it a year later. The Pink Pom-Pom Project saved my life, my sanity and helped me help others suffering from this awful disease. I will never take full credit for The Pink Pom-Pom Project as there have been countless individuals picking up my pieces as I suffered but encouraged me to move forward.
There are now 4 tried and true programs within the The Pink Pom-Pom Project:
Stitch & Bitch Knitting Group – held every Monday and Thursdays from 10:30-1:30pm. We provide a FREE Knitting Coach to teach or assist any new or seasoned knitters. We provide materials to learn on as well as sell yarns and needles. We ask all of our participants to knit a square for a quilt called The V.O.T.Y. Quilts;
The V.O.T.Y. Quilts – it stands for Volunteer of The Year. These quilts are designed and put together by members of the public and presented to a Cancer support organization to recognize one of their Volunteers Of The Year. It’s a trophy of sorts that comes with its own story of origin and the names of the volunteers that helped make and put it together;
Commission Possible – is where The PPPP searches and commissions a local artist for a piece of art. Projects range from jewelry or artwork. The finished item(s) are then donated to a Cancer Support organization to help raise awareness and funds for its organization;
The Pink Pom-Pom Project Party Boxes (P5) – where we go off-site with pink boxes filled with age appropriate crafts for children ages 5-13yrs. When we teach these crafts we also talk about cancer treatments and the importance of giving back to the community. Each child makes a gift by hand made especially for a cancer victim. These gifts are then dropped off and given to survivors in local cancer support centers, clinics and hospitals.
Since November 2012, we have been working with The Girl Scouts of CT, cancer survivors through The CT Challenge/The Cancer Survivorship Center in Southport and underprivileged inner-city youth from The Shehan Center in Bridgeport. And starting this summer we will welcome the Counselors from The Shehan Center, ages 16 to 20 years, to teach them new techniques in design and crafting to build their very own portfolios in hopes to start their own businesses.
We hope you will shop at a little square and support our cause. Together we can make a big difference in our local communities!
A little square & The Pink Pom-Pom Project are local to Fairfield, CT for now, however, if you are interested, we would love to open a PPPP in other local communities too!
Call 203-955-1099 for further information.