Crochet for Cancer Inc, is a big organization with a multi faceted operation so I'm not going to be able to cover every aspect of their operation. This is an important work! Even though cancer feels chaotic, this Christian organization helps to bring calming comfort. All of us have seen what cancer has the potential to do, let's instead look at what "Compassion, Creativity, Confidence," can do! (and I'm going to try to keep this short so YOU can get right to work!)
Recently the scourge of childhood cancers has come to my personal attention. While I am not personally involved in the situation, there's an instant gut check that happens. When I first began my crocheting journey I did a lot of crocheting for groups reaching out to families touched by childhood cancer. Let me rephrase that sentence. We say "touched by cancers" as if it's a gentle thing. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Cancer hits. Crochet For Cancer aims to love back a cancer fighter back.
The story of how Crochet for Cancer came about is personal. I won't try to summarize it, or to copy it here I think it should be read. www.crochetforcancer.org/about-us/our-story/ Tracy Wells wanted to give back. Taking a personal story and make it profoundly victorious for the sake of her mom. With a great deal of faith, she did. Now we are invited to participate in the journey of victory by helping other cancer fighters. All of the items provided to Crochet for Cancer are made by volunteers and are given free of charge. (because cancer is expensive enough!)
Let's get right to the "helping " part of this blog . There are official chapters of Crochet for Cancer where you can donate you handmade hats but please pay attention to the FAQ's and the Guidelines. If you've read my blog on Sunday you know that I am always harping on guidelines. It really saves the charity time and effort. They are volunteers just like you. If you can't find a chapter of Crochet for Cancer near you, consider becoming a chapter leader! Are there patterns for crocheted caps? Yes! However the Crochet for Cancer chapters also accept knit or sewn caps also. Bear in mind that boys and men get cancer too. I took a moment just to look up some men's patterns through The Crochet Crowd. There are many great ideas for men at this link.
There are lots of ways to provide comfort. If you have the time and ability, why not call your local oncology office or department to see if they could use your support. Though cancer is a difficult subject, we would all like to think that someone would be there for us if we needed a helping hand. Cancer fighters, from our youngest fighters and oldest warriors are amazing. Looking for more ideas to send to Crochet for Cancer OR your local Oncology department?? There are endless free ideas at the Crochet Crowd and All Free Knitting .
Right now you might be sitting there reading this blog and thinking, "I wish I had more hours in the day". If you can't donate right now there are plenty of opportunities to follow what is going on with Crochet for Cancer on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CrochetForCancer/, Twitter twitter.com/crochetforcure , and YouTube www.youtube.com/user/CrochetforCancer. Get involved with the discussion, ask questions, and when you are ready, Crochet away! Thank you to Crochet for Cancer for EVERYTHING that you are doing for Cancer Fighters!!!
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