I was looking for a pattern the other day on the Red Heart yarns website when I ran across this very cool charitable outreach initiative by Red Heart yarns. http://www.redheart.com It hearkens back to the WWII days of "Knit Your Bit" campaigns. (a favorite WWII theme)
I followed the links on the page to http://www.redheart.com/redcross and was really pleased to see all the very nice items that can be made by Red Heart yarn for the purposes of donation to the Red Cross. Each item can be either knitted or crocheted and has clear directions. There's also a special pattern that is free with a donation of $10.00. This is all part of the #StitchAHug campaign. The patterns available for use on behalf of the Red Cross include a "Red Heart Cares" blanket, a "Red Heart Cares" First Aid Kit, or a "Red Heart Cares" pillow.
Red Heart like other crafting companies has a history of involvement with charity work. Projects that I've covered on my blog including "Big Hearts Little Hats". Warm Up America is another great project and though Red Heart did not begin this program, it has sponsored and encouraged stitchers to get involved with aspects of WUA such as Build a Bed. Crochet Pink a project to help bring awareness, warmth, and hope to those fighting or recovering from breast cancer. These projects are more then just a gimmick to sell more yarn or a tax write off. They are a huge multinational company and take their responsibility seriously. Yes, I've complained about the quality of some red heart yarns. However over the past couple of years they've worked to improve the quality without raising the price. That's a big plus to those who wish to stitch something to give away but really can't afford much in the way of yarn. Check out their blog for more GREAT ideas for giving! http://blog.redheart.com/category/charities/ The blog is entitled Heart Strings and I promise it will tug at your heart strings!
The Red Cross has a very, very long history of helping people in desperate need. Its work is unparalleled. Clara Barton and a circle of her friends began the American Red Cross in 1881. She has become a household name and children learn about her in history books. But EVERY volunteer with the Red Cross is a HERO to someone. They wipe tears, bandage wounds, provide shelter, clean clothes, food, a place to sleep, organize HUGE numbers of people at a moments notice in a disaster, and were there for us when we needed them during a major ice storm. There's so much to the work of the American Red Cross I could be here all day singing their praises but why not read about their work here: http://www.redcross.org/about-us/history. Current Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet members include people like LL Cool J, Patti LaBelle, Jackie Chan, Trace Adkins, and Sara Evans http://www.redcross.org/supporters/celebrities/celebrity-cabinet-members We're only as strong as our weakest link... as the saying goes. The American Red Cross gives their best EVERY DAY to make sure our weakest people are provided for within their stated mission and goals.
If you are interested in 'stitching' up someone's heart, please go to the Red Heart website and see what YOU can do to provide hope and help. Below is our recent purchase to help the Red Cross. Thank you.
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