My daughter and I were totally jazzed when we read about The Pink Slipper Project when perusing the Crochet Guild of America's website http://www.crochet.org/?page=charity we are always looking for new ideas to help our community and our country. We're also pretty selective about who we choose simply because we want to be able to include as many people as possible. (Truly though, so far, Ohio tops our list of the most giving states) WE LOVE the idea behind The Pink Slipper Project, we think you will too!
First and foremost this is NOT our idea. Any quotes come directly from the website or the Facebook page and we credit the very insightful and thoughtful people at The Pink Slipper Project. First what is it: "To provide warm, handmade slippers to as many women and children who are living in shelters as we possibly can. One pair of handmade slippers will go a long way in healing a heart and warming toes."
Founded in 2009 The Pink Slipper Project's description can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject/info?tab=page_info Basically how it works, and in my opinion one of the best aspect of this charity's work is that they use "challenges" to generate pledges for slippers and washcloths. The coordinator of the challenge will give the specific number of items requested by age and sometimes gender. The participants then pledge the number of items they will make and upon completion mail the items directly TO the shelter. Please READ the requirements, bear in mind that they are providing items to small children and avoid items that could be a choking hazard. The participants are on their honor to fulfill their pledge.
Now I read back a year on their blog page. I had to say that I could literally feel the excitement build as the pledge goals got closer to completion. There's no long term commitment to the charity, you simply make the slippers/washcloths/dolls (and sometimes other items are requested) and mail your pledge to the shelter. Imagine the relief when the shelter gets boxes filled with items that are needed and that show love to those who may otherwise fall through the cracks of society.
Speaking from deeply personal experience our family had a house fire in 2001 we were very blessed to have family to stay with while we looked for a new home, however people, hundreds of people, sent money, toys, clothes, hand knit washcloths, dishcloths, send towels, sheets, furnishings. It was AMAZING. So when I found The Pink Slipper Project a part of me jumped for joy. You may never know what just one pair of slippers will mean to a child or a mother in need. But trust me, the idea that someone out there, who doesn't even know you would take the time to share their talent with you is thrilling.
Lots of people can knit or crochet slippers. The Pink Slipper Project has their own "signature" patterns! :) How cool is that? All this information can be found on their blog http://www.thepinkslipperproject.blogspot.com/. Well maintained and easy to navigate, the blog and the Facebook page will give you everything you need to get started. Like Pinterest? Into Ravelry? (my daughter and I both admit to being a bit "addicted" to both sites) you can find Pink Slipper at: https://www.pinterest.com/PinkSlipProject/ and http://www.ravelry.com/people/PinkSlipperProj It doesn't matter if you knit, crochet or sew. You can do something wonderful for someone who needs a gentle hug.
My daughter and I wish to thank the coordinators of The Pink Slipper Project for all their perseverance and love. Won't you join a challenge?
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