Tempe Yarn is more than just a darn good yarn shop. They started a community service project that has changed the lives of women around the world.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies. 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 to provide information to cancer survivors on how to get free knitted knockers and to locate knitters who would make them.
KnittedKnockerUSA.org has collected from volunteer knitters over 8,000 knitted knockers and distributed them for free, to mastectomy patients in all 50 states. But beyond their efforts, there are now other 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.
If you or someone you know needs knitted knockers, simply go to KnittedKnockerUSA.org and complete the request form. If you are interested in helping make Knitted Knockers visit the same webpage for more information. You can help change a women's life forever.