November 2006

Knitting/Crochet for a worthy cause

It is that time of year again, time to think about giving gifts to our loved ones and time to think about the less fortunate. Knitters, crocheters, craft-lovers in general are very generous people. That is why I am bringing two different venues for you to donate your time by knitting and crocheting for a good cause.

You all should be familiar with "Warm UP America" where you can send in knit and crochet blocks to be turned into afghans for the needy. This year “Warm UP America” has joined forces with “Save the Children” to ask people like you to make caps for infants. Statistics show that four million newborn babies die within the first month of their birth. Many of them can be saved with a very inexpensive baby cap that can be knit or crocheted within an hour. They need the caps by January 2 at the latest. For more information, please visit Warm UP America or Save the Children. You can download the instructions for the caps from www.savethechildren.org/capstothecapital.

My mother-in-law has knit 21 caps and a good friend of mine has crocheted 12. I myself am guilty of making only one cap, but will make more soon.

Another worthy cause is making scarves and hats for the troops through Operation Gratitude. It does not matter what your position is toward the war; the soldiers who are in harms way are our husbands/wives, brothers/sisters, and sons/daughters. Any kind of scarf in any color (darker colors preferred) or width/length is a wonderful present to a soldier who is away from home in dead of winter. Sharon Howard is the Product Coordinator for Operation Gratitude. They will start loading boxes for Thanksgiving and will continue through December. If you would like, you are welcome to put a note on each scarf with your name and address.

You can send your scarves to:

Sharon Howard
13610 Valley Vista Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

You can see photos of the caps that my mother-in-law and my friend have made, at: www.craftland.com/donation.
If you decide to participate in either of these wonderful causes, send me your photo with your cap or scarf and I will add your photo to the list. Let’s see how many we can manage to make amongst ourselves.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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