In keeping with my Ravelry theme, Wool-aid started as a Ravelry group. A few great people had come together to make items for Warm Woolies, a group that was formed originally to make warm clothing for children in some of the world's coldest places. When Warm Woolies ceased operation in 2009... the good folks on Ravelry had ideas of woolen mittens dancing in their heads. I quote: "In November 2009, Warm Woolies announced that they were ceasing operations at the end of the year, and suddenly the Ravelry group of more than 500 knitters and crocheters needed to re-group! At the beginning of 2010, the group transitioned to the name Wool-Aid, with the same wonderful group of people committed to the same mission." How cool is that??? I have always said and I shall say that Fiber Artists are the most amazing people on earth.
They had a large undertaking, but true to form, when there's wool and a need, there's a way. The next step: "The year 2014 brought another transition, as Wool-Aid became Wool-Aid, Inc., and was registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Illinois. In 2015, Wool-Aid, Inc. was recognized as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Our tax-exempt status is retroactive to 2014. All gifts to Wool-Aid are now tax-deductible." http://www.wool-aid.org/about.html Isn't that amazing? There is a very active Wool-Aid group on Ravelry where people can share their excitement over the things that they've made to send to children around the world.
Now the question becomes how can you help Wool-aid and where can you find patterns to assist them in their work well, first check out their web page. Extremely well done and extremely informative: http://www.wool-aid.org/index.html
And before you run off to buy wool please examine these guidelines CAREFULLY: http://www.wool-aid.org/guidelines.html It won't do the children any good if the garment you make can't be used for the purpose it was intended. The group is named Wool-Aid because they use wool, at least 80% wool. That's paramount so if you are allergic bear that in mind.
Current Wool-Aid campaigns are as follows: http://www.wool-aid.org/campaigns.html If you are a Raveler, (you really should be if you knit, crochet, spin or weave) check the page for updates as I do. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/wool-aid
As to patterns? Oh yes! http://www.wool-aid.org/patterns.html
I believe the mission of Wool-Aid is very important. The most vulnerable in the world deserve our attention most. Please consider if and how you can contribute.
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