Monday, December 12, 2011

A Charity Roar, Featuring Puffygryffinclaw!

I love it when a good charity crafting story brings me to tears - and that's exactly what Puffygryffinclaw did last week with her story of these cowls!

She's been using up some of her acrylic stash, holding it double to make these gorgeous (and simple to knit!) cowls for her church. In her words, here's what they're for:

My church group had several tables full of baby items as well as adult and youth items. Most of the adult items will be delivered this week to either one of the Family Shelters or a homeless shelter…in frosty Upstate NY, there are many who need our help to stay warm over the cold and snowy winters. Most of them don’t have access to much in the way of laundry facilities, so acrylics are the way to go.

My favorites are still the baby blankets…there is nothing quite as satisfying as knitting a blanket for a baby who may never get another hand-knitted item in his/her lifetime…love and a prayer in every stitch.

I love it! It's so easy to forget there is so much need around us here in the United States, and in places you forget to look. Your neighbors may struggle to pay for heat, and keep their houses colder to compensate. There are folks all around us in our own neighborhood who rely on our city's "heat fund" to help pay their bills in the winter and keep their houses warm. The gift of a simple cowl like this would make a HUGE difference!

Thanks for the reminder that we can always do tons of good in our own neighborhoods, cities and states!

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