Normally I would not repeat a charity but honestly recent events in the news have totally broken my heart. We all have talents that we can put to good use to make the world a safer, happier, more comfortable place for children. They are our future and our greatest asset. Please bear with me while I write my heart on my sleeve :)
Look, if any of you have seen the news reels of the refugees from the earthquakes in Nepal, refugees in camps in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan, ethnic cleansing in hot spots all over the world, and then there are the children in your OWN country who just need a little help to be fed and warmed. I took one look at http://www.reuters.com/news/archive/worldNews?view=page and thought where do I start? What can I possibly do amid all the chaos, amid all the negative reporting, bickering, hubris, and attention paid to self-centered "celebutantes"? I know there has to be something I can do to help out just one child. Then I remembered World Vision. I went directly to their facebook page knowing that they were already in the process of helping victims of he earthquakes in Napal https://www.facebook.com/worldvision?ref=ts&fref=ts
Hope spreads like sunrise across the skies of a hurting landscape. Indeed, World Vision was expertly covered by my daughter Tamra in an earlier blog post but I thought we could all use a bit of a "Yes I can" fist-bump today, Or I could anyways. Maybe you can join me. "Knit for Kids" began in 1996 by Guideposts magazine. In 2009 World Vision took up the clarion call to reach even MORE children around the world. Happy children give hope to a family, a community... and maybe even the world! There's a simple explanation on how Knits for Kids operates http://knitforkids.org/about-us/story-sweater/
As I have said many times fiber artists are some of the most giving people in the world. They not only give of their time but also of their finances. World Vision receives all kinds of donations. But where can we start? Got yarn? :) Its as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: http://knitforkids.org/get-involved/step-1/
Step 2: http://knitforkids.org/get-involved/step-2/
Step 3: http://knitforkids.org/get-involved/step-3/ You knit/crochet, your project put it in a box with a packing slip to the address on the web page and the sweater goes to where its needed most!
Every question you could possibly have is right there on the website. But just to be clear while they prefer you use their patterns are happy to let us choose our own pattern for a sweater, hat or blanket... Check out the selection from AC Moore! http://www.acmoore.com/projects/projects-new/world-vision-knit-for-kids.html I will share two of my favorite patterns from Bev of Bev's Country Cottage the first pattern is a long time favorite my daughter and I have made several of these over the years: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/granny-lg.html The second blanket is very similar to the blanket my grandmother made for me for me when I was a baby: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp2.html
If you are anything like me you do not like to feel helpless and World Vision through their many programs gives us a way to feel that we may have made a difference. A gift to one child may make all the difference in the world. Hope, help, and a smile. Its worth the time and the expense.
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