Let's face it. None of us are immune from disaster, natural or otherwise. Recently we had a very wild weather situation here in my neck of the woods (literally... Almanzo Wilder farm not far from where I live now). There was a deep cold snap, then a sudden two day warm up, a rain and freezing rain event, a snow storm dumping feet of snow on us, now a deep freeze again. all within 4 days. Meanwhile ice jams, flooding, and people digging out from under FEET of snow have kept our first responders busy. This means that the Red Cross and the Salvation Army will be called on to help my neighbors.
A couple of things, you can do immediately to help both here and in YOUR neck of the woods :). First we have 2, possibly more, Salvation Army worship centers and thrift stores in my area. We shop there in order to support the good work they do. And as a BONUS they love handmade items. Good quality handmade items are always appreciated. Check with your local Salvation army locations.
There is a second way to give is through the Red Cross. The Red Cross and Red Heart Yarns have teamed up in the past to get knitters and crocheters involved in meeting needs in disasters large and small. The Red Cross has a GREAT partnership with Red Heart yarn and if you want to join in the fun check out their Facebook Group:
www.facebook.com/groups/1189947071030415/ Donating handmade love is serious business but being a part of a group can also be serious fun.
Please also consider donating money to the Red Cross. The funds are so necessary and in an emergency the Red Cross is always the first to respond. Even a small gift will go a very long way. Do not know where your local Red Cross Chapter is? My local chapter is: www.redcross.org/local/new-york/eastern-new-york/about-us/locations/north-country Anyone looking for their local chapter can go to redcross.org for that information.
To our local folks: If you belong to or administer to a church, school, nursery school, civic group or are a member of EMS and you know of needs to which www.facebook.com/NorthernAdirondackHats/ to Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative can lend their assistance please drop us a PM on our facebook page. We will endeavor to help meet those needs. If you want to join our merry band of fiber artists send us a request via Facebook!
That's all I'm going to write today. Please look out for yourselves and your neighbors!
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