Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Geting Crafty on Giving Tuesday

Today, in the spirit of “Giving Tuesday” which is only a week away, I thought I would give crafty people some project ideas to accomplish on that day. 

There is a charity called “Knots-of-Love” which makes caps for patients who suffer hair loss.  It is a useful gift that is colorful and brightens the patient’s day.

“Bridge and Beyond” is an organization that collects handmade items such as hats, gloves and scarves to give to those in need. It is a gift of warmth on cold winter days.

There are a myriad of charities that one can crochet or knit an afghan for.  With “Warm Up America” you need only crochet or knit a 7” x 9” square and drop it off at your local Michael’s Craft store. 

If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, don’t fret.  I know of a group that makes fleece baby blankets for the needy.  The only skill needed to make these warm blankets is the ability to tie a knot.  Craft stores sell kits in different sizes, so you can make them for adults, children or babies.

I still have the afghan and cap that a volunteer knitted for my daughter while she was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  It is a gift that brought comfort during a stressful time.  

I’ve heard of a group that sews heart pillows to give to breast cancer patients.  It’s a small gift that brings reassurance to those who feel alone in their fight.

Another group that I’ve read about sews Raggedy Ann dolls to give to little girls who through circumstances beyond their control may feel alone and isolated.  We all know that sometimes little girls just need something to hug.

The possibilities are endless.  Start a conversation, brainstorm an idea and put it into action.   Call your friends and have a crafting party on Tuesday, November 27 to work together to bring joy and comfort to someone in need.

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