Crafting for charity: roundup #2
After last week's charity post, we are working on creating the definitive list of charity craft projects for 2007, which should be up at the end of October. Thanks to everyone who's sent in suggestions so far; thanks to your help, we've got another great list of suggested activities this week.
If any you've heard about aren't covered here, please email me. Here's what's come in this week:
Warmwoolies is a non-profit organization whose volunteers knit warm clothing for poverty-stricken children who would otherwise suffer from the cold.
In 2007, they'll be focusing
on supplying woolen clothes to orphanages in Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia and on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge tribal reservations in South Dakota. Most wanted items are baby blankets, followed by mittens, hats, gloves and scarves. You can find out how to contribute, here.
Follow the jump for more causes.
is donating £1 from the sale of every bottle of its Ginger Skin Scent to UK homeless charity Shelter. But before they can do that, they want to make sure every bottle is warm and cosy with its own scarf, and that's where you (and your needles) come in. Get involved, and your scarf could be featured on the Origins website this Christmas, and of course will feature in a Origins store...somewhere! Origins suggest you select some festive coloured wool, personalise it with glitter, tassels or patterns and send it to Origins Ginger Knits, 73 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3BQ, by November 20.
Project Linus: Providing security through blankets
Project Linus was formed in the US in 1995 with the simple aim of providing love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatised, or otherwise in need. To help these children, the project ask for donations of handmade quilts. So far, the project has been massively successful, with 2,210,100 blankets donated so far. Project Linus UK has also been established for quilters on this side of the Atlantic; wherever possible the blankets will be given to children in your local area.
Afghans for Afghans
afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.
The project was initially inspired by Red Cross volunteers who made afghans, socks, slippers, and other items for soldiers and refugees during World Wars I and II and other times of crisis and need. Read about the Red Cross knitting tradition.