Monday, December 19, 2005

New Charity Knitting Projects

At Knitting In the City we love to participate in Charity knitting projects, so here are a couple that I have recently become aware of:

Orphan Foundation of AmericaRed Scarf Project

Love to knit, crochet or know someone who does?

Send care and encouragement to America 's college bound foster youth. OFA needs 2,500 hand made knitted or crocheted scarves to put in our Valentines Care Packages. Your handiwork will truly be the personal touch in these packages and bring students the support they need to move forward and graduate to a brighter future.

Unisex colors black, blue, green or yellow are welcome too. Please attach securely to each scarf a small tag with your name, city, and group affiliation that the student will receive. Send scarves with your name, address, group affiliation if any, and email address enclosed to:

Orphan Foundation of America
Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry DriveUnit 130
Sterling, VA 20166

Deadline: January 20, 2006
Contact: Annalisa Assaadi, National Events Coordinator
aja@orphan.org, 703.821.8669
http://www.orphan.org/


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:Emily Landsman (202) 258-1287, ehl@mac.comGiselle Pelaez, (D.C. CAC) (202) 638-2575
December 16, 2005

LOCAL KNITTERS SHARE TALENTS WITH ABUSED KIDS

Members of Congress Laud Charitable Efforts during Holiday Season; New Initiative Asks Caring Knitters to Warm the Hearts and Ears of AbusedChildren

Washington DC - This holiday season, the D.C. Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is launching a program to warm the hearts and ears of abusedchildren. The new initiative, which is being lauded by members of Congress, urgeslocal knitters at area yarn shops and bloggers to make winter hats for children served by Safe Shores-The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center, adirect service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and workingdirectlywith child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District ofColumbia.

"When I was the District Attorney of Madison County, Alabama, I saw aneed for a new child friendly approach to the investigation, treatment, andprosecution of child abuse cases," said Congressman Bud Cramer(D-AL-5th), founder of the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville. "Today, there are over 600 children's centers across the country. I am proudto be apart of the nationwide network of children's advocacy centers and tosupport the thousands of dedicated professionals who work on the front linesto help countless children each year. The D.C.'s Children's Advocacy Center'sKnitters' Project is a wonderful idea and something I hope will catch on across the District."

"I am pleased to support the D.C. Children's Advocacy Center and the workthe Center is doing for abused children in the District of Columbia,"notedDelegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC At-Large). "CAC's project withknitters is a wonderful example of how volunteers can help professionals provide basic necessities to kids who suffer from the scars of abuse. "

"Not only will these hats keep these deserving children warm this cold winter, but it will also give them a little extra comfort," added Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY 2nd). "I applaud all knitters who becomeinvolved in this vital effort to help victims of sexual and physicalabuse."
The project began when Emily Landsman, a former Safe Shores employee, decided to approach a local yarn shop about pooling its clientele'stalentsin order to make hats for the kids. Landsman began making hats for theSafe Shores to give out during the 2003-2004-winter season. The Safe Shores facility maintains a clothing closet for its clients and requires frequentrestocking.
"Many of the children who came through the CAC did not have proper winter clothing, and I didn't like knowing that there were cold little ears out there," noted Landsman, an avid crochet fan. "I know that most of thewinter clothing the CAC distributes comes from donations, so I thoughtI'd use my skill to help out."

"People are putting a lot of care and attention into them, which is nice because the kids who get them often don't get a lot of care and attentionfrom anyone," added Michele Booth Cole, executive director of the D.C.CAC."The tangible benefit is obvious in that it keeps the kids warm, but the intangible benefit is that it is something that is new and just for them.Those elements can, even in the most horrific situations, lift a child's spirits. Very simple things have a big impact."

Stores and bloggers participating thus far include Stitch DC, Knit and Stitch, Solitude Yarn, NOVA Knitting Group, and chrisabraham.com. Stores andbloggers interested in joining the program are invited to contact Emily Landsman at (202) 258-1287.

Finished hats should be sent to:

Safe Shores,
The DC CAC Attn: Victim Services Coordinator/Knitted Hats
300 E St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

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