I remember back in 1999 or 2000 reading about various crocheting friends donating to a charity named We Care Blankets. I happened to be working with Project Linus at the time so this group caught my attention. They've come A VERY long way since 1999! A great group of people including women who have won the Women of Distinction Awards! It just goes to show what tenacity and determination can do. Today I want to try to encapsulate the work of this wonderful group. (I will only be able to scratch the surface so I hope you will take the time to read for yourself.)
We Care Blankets (tm) was once again brought to my attention by Oombawka Crochet Designs during the "Crochet and Donate, Featured Charity of the Month 2017". When I looked at the massive growth of this charity I was so thrilled. They now have a fantastic webpage and Facebook page giving the group even greater outreach to more people. Who benefits? Children with cancer!
We Care Blankets (tm) shares this mission statement, "Mission: Every child who is undergoing cancer treatment will be given a handcrafted blanket." As many of you may know, in the recent past one of my husband's young cousins was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma and went through treatment. Though his family was supported by friends, extended family and through churches all across the country, it taught us all many things including what happens when children do not have a good support network. A handmade blanket would let a child know that they are thought of by someone who is genuinely concerned for their welfare. What a fantastic encouragement.
These wonderful folks working with We Care Blankets (tm) have spread the love to 25 different hospitals in 7 states in the United States of America. They are making a HUGE difference in the lives of children facing a battle for their lives. This group of people are absolutely tenacious about seeing that every that can be touched with handmade love will have their own blanket. You can be a part of the joy too! See their "Getting Started" page!
Besides being an encouraging and thoughtful gift the blankets have very practical purpose. I could not sum up the necessity better than this quote from a We Care Blankets (tm) Facebook post: "During treatment, many children are cold. The founders of We Care Blankets ™ knew that a hand made, colorful blanket would be a wonderful gift to give to each child. That´s how the organization began." So many of us have been touched by loved ones who have had to face cancer treatment. It can be very brutal process for children some of whom are still infants. Did you know that roughly 23 of every 100,000 babies are diagnosed with cancer every year? This is according to Dr. Erin Breese MD, St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Donations are accepted all year round 365 days a year because cancer does not take a vacation. You can get all the information about donating to We Care Blankets (tm) on their website here. Financial donations are very welcome and of course you can read all the latest about meetings here. Why not consider making a donation? There's no limit to how many blankets you can give, or how many lives you can touch.
Thanks for reading the blog today, and thank you to We Care Blankets (tm) for the incredible work they do. Please check out their Facebook page and webpage. If you stop by their pages please say hello and consider making a donation. As I have often said, fiber artists are some of the most generous people in the world.
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