Help us collect 1000 blankets and hats to keep kids warm this winter!
We’ve teamed up with a couple of great charities and are really hoping to make a difference in the lives of as many young people as we can. Whether you knit, crochet, quilt, sew, or are willing to learn, you can help, too!
Our Goal: To collect and donate 1000 blankets to Project Linus and and 1000 hats to Kaps for Kendall by December 15, 2011.
How you can help: Make as many hats and blankets as you feel comfortable donating, and send them to us at this address:
Keep a Kid Warm
c/o Sympoz Inc.
1553 Platte #202
Denver, CO 80202
We will deliver all of your donations to the organizations, and present them in your names. We’ll keep you posted over the coming weeks as your projects arrive, and let you know how we’re doing on our goal!
We’ve selected a few of the great projects and patterns from Bluprint members that you could use if you need a little bit of inspiration or want to try something new (click each photo to go to the project page and find out more about it):
Before you get those hooks, needles, machines, and fingers revved up, take a quick read below to find out more about each charity and their suggestions as to materials to use and sizes to make for your projects:
The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
I called Karen, our local Project Linus Chapter Coordinator and she gave me the following things to consider when making Project Linus blankets:
- The blankets should be from a non-smoking environment.
- The blankets should be pet hair free (some kids have allergies.)
- The blankets can be any size, but a really great size is 40 inches (100 cm) by 60 inches (150 cm). The blankets are often given to teens, who just don’t have use for a baby blanket.
(And, If you create a blanket from polar fleece, please remove the selvedge and make the edges tidy.)
Kaps for Kendall:
The goal of Kaps for Kendall is to raise money to fight Fanconi Anemia and to provide special hats for kids and adults who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and radiation. Some things to keep in mind when creating your Kaps:
- The hats can be in all sizes from infant to adult
- The hats should be fun! Children like to wear bright colors.
- Hats for little boys are especially welcome.
- The hats don’t have to be knit or crochet, sewn hats are great, too!
If you’d like to know more about either of these charities, click on their links above. You can also read the book, “Working for Peanuts” to learn more about the Project Linus story.
(If you don’t know how to quilt, sew, knit, or crochet, and want to learn in order to help create one of these charity projects, we have lots of great online beginner craft courses and if you sign up through this blog post, we’ll donate 50% of your course fee to one of the charities above.)
SO! Will you be helping us? What are you planning to make?