With daylight savings time in full swing, we know winter is almost upon us. To many of us this means a time to get cozy by the fire with a cup of tea and the newest Craftsy class. According to a study published by the Urban Institute, this is not the case for “approximately 1% of the U.S. population experiencing homelessness each year, with 38% (October) to 39% (February) of them being children.” In an effort to lend a helping hand, Craftsy Cares has partnered with the National Coalition for the Homeless to challenge the Craftsy community to “Keep Out the Cold.” We are calling out to the Craftsy community and friends for help in reaching our goal of 10,000 children’s winter items to Keep Out the Cold. We will be collecting any homemade or new warming items: hats, scarves, mittens, booties, and blankets. Every item will help keep a child warm this winter!
If you are looking for inspiration, Craftsy designers Linda Permann and Stefanie Japel have each donated a FREE original pattern, the Little Sister Hat and Mazie’s Mittens. There are also many winter item patterns in the Craftsy Pattern library to spark your creativity and get you started.
We will be collecting all items in our office and distributing them to National Coalition of the Homeless chapters across the United States. When you have finished your garment, be sure to download the FREE made with love gift tag and write a note to the recipient. Then take a picture of your finished item, upload it to the Craftsy Cares project page, and mail it off to us at:
Keep Out the Cold
2150 West 29th Ave 4th Floor
Denver, C0 80211
If you are interested in others ways of giving to the National Coalition of the Homeless click here to learn how else you can help and donate.
Make it, Tag it, Give it!
The Craftsy Cares Team