Saturday, January 23, 2010
Stitching Up Some Hope
My parents were foster parents and my sister, Susan, was for a couple of years as well. Our Mom and Dad had become foster parents after most of us had grown-up and flew the coop, though our little brother, Joshua, was still at home. Our youngest brother, Tommy, came to live with Mom and Dad when he was three and they were able to adopt him when he was about eleven. When Craft Hope announced project #6, I had to jump in. Red Scarves for foster kids who are college bound and have turned 18, so are no longer in the system. Pretty much booted-out on their own, ready or not.
Here is a quote about this project taken directly from the Craft Hope site:
'The Orphan Foundation serves thousands of foster teens throughout the U.S. They provide college scholarships, connect them with mentors and internships, send them care packages, and testify for them before Congress. Each year 25,000 students ‘age out’ of the foster care system and the Orphan Foundation is committed to helping them become tomorrow’s successful citizens. They launched the Red Scarf program in 2005 to send red scarves to warm the hearts (and necks) of college bound youth. They began taking these donations to include in their Valentines Day care packages.'
It's not to late to join in and whip up a red scarf for project 6.
Craft Hope has also opened an etsy shop, Craft Hope For Haiti, which is benefiting Doctors Without Borders for Haiti relief. You can donate handmade items to the site and also, of course, buy beautiful handmade items from this shop, all proceeds going to the benefit. They have had and incredible response and so far raised a good amount of money. I decided to donate a set of custom made baby blocks to the site and they sold within just an hour or so of the listing. Yeah! I'll be making them this weekend and getting them out. If you would like to donate something to this charity, pop over to the Craft Hope site for the details.
Posted by Paula at 8:51 AM