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A Helpful Warm Hug! Knitting & Crocheting Projects that Give Back is an opportunity for youth to be creative at the same time as making something for someone else in need.  They will learn the “feel good” of comforting a newborn, or an ill child and adults.  It gives a sense of personal accomplishment and equally a sense of doing good for others.  Let’s share our hug projects together — Post on Instagram or Facebook when you create!

The With-You Wraps Project was created and is run by the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in support of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)  to make sure that no Connecticut victim of domestic violence ever feels alone. … that each time an adult or child victim wears a With-You Wrap, she feels the comfort and support of the person who made it: a person who believes in the victim’s strength and worth, and who will stand with her always. This winter pick up a purple or a purply yarn to knit or crochet to show someone you care!  Purple is the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness and more – – purple combines the calm of blue and the fierceness of red. It represents power, truth, justice, wisdom, independence and peace. Science has also proven that seeing purple can uplift spirits, calm the mind and nerves, and encourage the imagination.

Become a “Blanketeer” with national organization Project Linus. Volunteers provide new handmade, washable blankets of all sizes and styles to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors; other items may be welcome, too, depending on chapter needs. Blankets must be new handmade, washable, free of pins, and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons. Find a Connecticut chapter near you!

Chase the Chill is a community project that combines art, charity, and yarn bombing. It was founded in 2008 in Easton, PA and now has chapters all over the US and Canada.  In Connecticut we have one in Hartford that takes place every December – the bombing or placement of scarfs will be in front of First Church of Christ (Gold Street).  Join the fun and start knitting!

There is a large program called World Vision’s Knit for Kids – they donate hand-knit caps or scarves to the world’s children, to give warmth and comfort. You can fight poverty with your knitting needles — with every stitch, together we can give hope and warmth to vulnerable children living in poverty or other difficult situations around the globe. For millions of children, a hand-made item isn’t just a sweater, a hat, or a blanket. It’s a chance at better health. It is protection and warmth from freezing temperatures. And it’s a symbol of support for a better future! Read more, please, to get involved…ideal for Girl Scout troops (Boys can, too) and church groups, just for a few ideas.    SHOW OFF YOUR ITEMS on Instagram with us before mailing.

Ruth Mailbag Group Knitting for Charity is also a website that features many worthwhile projects for all of us to try. It has alerted us that there are 5 different knitting charities with urgent needs:

Share our hug projects together —Post on Instagram or Facebook when you create!  For more cool activities for your 10-17 check out our Teentivity page.


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