Knitting scarves for foster kids
Today, I sharing a press release with you about knitting scarves for kids in foster care. There is an organization based in Virginia that collects handmade red scarves and gives them to foster kids when they go to college. It a lovely program. For kids who have no family of their own, receiving something that was handmade just for them has a very special meaning. I wrote about them once before when I reviewed a book about charities you can knit or crochet for. But this is such a lovely program, they definitely worth mentioning again.
This is a scarf I knitted a few years ago and published as a free pattern.
STERLING, Va. Starting in August, knitters across the country began crafting scarves for theRed Scarf Project, which sends care packages to college and training program students who have experienced foster care. Every Fall,Foster Care to Success (FC2S)relies on the red scarves to fill Valentine’s Day care packages that are mailed to its students.
FC2S began mailing its students Valentine’s Day care packages in 2005, and, in the first seven years, Burberry Outlet Online delivered over 20,000 red scarves to foster youth in colleges and training programs across the country.
“Every year, we are awed by the works of art that are so generously created for our students,” said Eileen McCaffrey, the executive director of Foster Care to Success. “The handmade red scarves in each of our Valentine’s Day care packages become treasured keepsakes that our Burberry Outlet Online students wear for years.”
FC2S welcomes donations of red scarfs between September 1 and December 15. Scarves should be approximately 60 inches long and 5 to 8 inches wide. All scarves must be in a shade of red or in similar tones or designs, such as burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, Burberry Outlet Online or multicolor hues including red.
“Foster Care to Success gratefully thanks the thousands of knitters and crocheters worldwide who make our Red Scarf Project such a success,” said McCaffrey. Since its founding in 1981, FC2S has helped students navigate the tricky waters of academia, understand the importance of personal fiscal responsibility, determine achievable career goals, and create networks of friendship and support. The organization, based in Sterling, Va., has helped more than 20,000 students since its founding.
That the end of the press release, but I encourage you to click on that link for the student perspective. It a very sweet story. Brought tears to my eyes, and it will probably bring tears to yours, too.
About Pam MacKenzie
Pam MacKenzie grew up in a real estate family. Her parents were real estate brokers and office managers, and she herself was a licensed agent in the 1970s. But early on, Pam discovered she’d much rather write about the industry than sell. Now in her eighth year as the real estate editor at the Courier News, Pam believes she has the best job at the paper. In this blog, she’s on a mission to empower readers to give them a strong understanding of anything and everything that can impact their ability to own a home. And she believes passionately that when you understand the real estate industry in New Jersey, y Burberry Outlet Online ou understand so much more: the education system, economic and racial bias, the way politics works or doesn’t work and ecology, to name a few. She invites everybody to leave lots of comments, even when they disagree with her. Pam learned to knit at age 6, when her friend’s mother made Pam’s doll a dress, and Pam wanted to make more. Her mother wanted her to learn how to sew in high school, but she was afraid of the sewing machines, cutting fabric the wrong way, and the potential that sewing would have for bringing down her grade point average. Every year, she managed to find a course conflict to avoid sewing classes. But the day after high school graduation, she took her graduation money to a fabric store, bought a kit to make a sweater, taught herself to read patterns and never looked back. These days, she knits a prayer shawl every month, along with sweaters, tote bags, gift bags and other goodies. She also designs many of her projects. Read More About Pam