Our Ramadan response now considers Covid and reach out to communities affected by the displacement and spread of the virus. The new moon has been sighted; the holy month of Ramadan is upon us.
This Ramadan 1. Zakat is the third pillar of Islam of five. It is a compulsory payment of 2. Paying your Zakat can help hundreds of people, and gain Sadaqah Jariyah for years to come. After eight long years, despite a reduction in violence over the last year, past and current hostilities mean HIHFAD teams continue to work tirelessly across Syria to help avert this impending humanitarian disaster. Donate money. Donate clothes. Donate medical aid or food.
Every little makes a difference. From helping in the office, to offering your skills, to spreading the word online, your time creates change. Syria remains in crisis. Syria still needs you People across Syria — an estimated Ramadan Our Ramadan response now considers Covid and reach out to communities affected by the displacement and spread of the virus. Live Appeals. So how can you help?
Success Stories.Welcome Blanket reimagines the distance of the border between Mexico and the US as individual welcome blankets for new refugees and other immigrants coming to the United States. With each blanket, makers include stories important to their families about immigration, migration and relocation. Welcome Blankets are shown together in art shows and then distributed to our newest neighbors through over 30 partner refugee resettlement groups.
We have made and distributed over ! Welcome Blanket connects us and becomes a space for thoughtful dialogue about immigration.1st of Advent 2019 Special: Colour work mittens - Podcast - ARNE & CARLOS.
No matter what your story, your craftiness skill level, you are welcome. We will be following up with biweekly craft-alongs. The first few will be tests, so please be patient as I figure out this new experience. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.
Mark my words. The proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico is almost miles long.
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Imagine if the massive distance of this wall was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include.
Instead of wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3, yards of blankets to welcome people in? A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world.
We are so glad you have arrived. We want you to join us! Make a blanket and share your story as a gift to a new immigrant to the United States. The blankets you have made, along with your enclosed notes, have been be displayed together in an inaugural show at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago July 18 through December Right now, we are facilitating Welcome Blanket On Calla special call to action.Here's a step-by-step guide on how to send much needed warm donations to displaced people living in camps across Europe and the Middle East.
Please note: our last collection in February could be the final collection for a while as we work on building Knit Aid into a more sustainable initiative so that we are able to collect and distribute donations more effectively and most importantly, truly empower refugees while doing so.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in touch and see below for general guidelines for our collections when they are open. You are welcome to donate your knitted items to other charities local to you in the meantime. Thank you very much for all your knitted warmth so far! We work with volunteers on the ground who are working with refugees to make sure we are only sending what is needed and requested by refugees themselves.
Because of this, our collection list can vary, so please only send in what is listed below for the current collection time. You can use our fundraising knitting patterns hereor use your own. You can choose any yarn you like, providing it is comfortable, warm and in dark colours.
If you have ideas on sending us other than what is listed below, please contact us before sending. All sizes. Adults: Dark, unisex colours only. Children: All colours except very light colours. Size as determined in pattern. Any colour except very light colours. All hot water bottle covers must come with hot water bottles. Any colour, except white or cream. Entire blankets only.
Any size. Any colour, with minimal white or cream. Please do not send individual squares. We have a new Knit Aid postcard which includes a message in Arabic. Your handwritten message may not be understood or translated immediately, and a message in a native language will help to make it feel even more personal.As for so many others, we have been moved to tears by the heartbreaking plight of refugees, both in Europe and further afield, and the inhumanity which seems to surround them too often.
We have donated, signed petitions on change. There is something practical we can do together, and it really will help, but we are going to need your support. We can get woolly warmth to families in refugee camps in Kurdistan and into Syria itself, to beleaguered families in Qara thanks to the amazing charity Knit for Peace. We are also developing links to get resources to children and families elsewhere, and on their arrival in the UK.
We just want to help keep folk warm. Crochet — Very easy crochet hat pattern. Crochet — Puff stitch hat — Crafter recommends adding a few more rows to make it deep enough to keep your ears warm, also use Aran weight.
Sadly we cannot accept items other than home made woolly ones at the moment, if this changes we will come back. Save Save. For posting information and any other queries you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can message us in a variety of ways…. Charity registration number: All rights reserved. Search for:. One square, one blanket, a pair of gloves, one warm hat, one step at a time, really every little thing will help.
Together we can make a difference. Our next collection date to aim for… April 28th We will then be taking a break in posting to use — resuming provisionally in September Please keep making, just not posting!
Knit or crochet both equally welcome. Squares equally welcome if made by beginner or expert. Ideal size is approx 48 by 60 inches. But appreciate that is a very big ask. Posting Information. Use our Contact Us Page. Email us admin woollyhugs. Follow us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.You keep a few of the items and give the rest away to friends, neighbors, siblings, coworkers — and all of their kids, in-laws and pets.
That group needed many more bears for the millions of affected kids, so Berman founded the Mother Bear Project. She found a teddy bear pattern her own mom had saved — the same pattern that was used in WWII to make teddy bears for traumatized English children.
The bears arrive in Africa complete with a handwritten tag, Paddington Bear-style, and give kids something of their own to play with and cuddle. Babies in neo-natal intensive care spend days, weeks or longer in an alien environment without a caregiver at their side.
Find a free pattern you like on the site, and knit a hat for delivery to a baby who needs some extra comfort. Sweet, good-natured animals at a shelter have a much better shot at getting adopted than furry friends who look freaked-out or volatile. A hand-knit blanket or toy to snuggle helps soothe anxious or traumatized animals, and makes them more appealing to people looking to adopt a pet.
Since it kicked off inProject Linus has collected more than 7 million handmade quilts and blankets to give kids going through treatment for cancer or other serious diseases, or facing severe trauma. A cozy handmade quilt to snuggle with can bring enormous comfort to a child — or an adult— dealing with a terrifying situation.
A hand-knit blanket or afghan can do more than warm a kid or grown-up — it can bring a community together. That's the spirit behind Warm Up America, which is dedicated to helping crafters connect and organize in the spirit of helping others.
Watch for the organization's holiday drives for key pieces like hats and gloves that can make all the difference for those in need when temperatures outside plummet. But the warmth keeps coming all year round, with guidance on how to donate comforting handmade blankets to those affected by wildfires, floods and other crises.
The Need Hand-sewn cotton pillowcases in cheerful fabrics. Knitting Rays of Hope The Mission Babies in neo-natal intensive care spend days, weeks or longer in an alien environment without a caregiver at their side.
Your Role Find a free pattern you like on the site, and knit a hat for delivery to a baby who needs some extra comfort. Snuggles Project The Mission Sweet, good-natured animals at a shelter have a much better shot at getting adopted than furry friends who look freaked-out or volatile.
Yarn for the Giving: Knitting for Refugees
The Need Crocheted, knit, sewn or no-sew snuggles and blankets for animals. Project Linus The Mission Since it kicked off inProject Linus has collected more than 7 million handmade quilts and blankets to give kids going through treatment for cancer or other serious diseases, or facing severe trauma.
The Need Easy quilts, crocheted blankets and other comforting handmade items. Warm Up America The Mission A hand-knit blanket or afghan can do more than warm a kid or grown-up — it can bring a community together. The Need Hand-knit or crocheted blankets, squares or completed afghans. Holiday Knit Crochet Sew Lifestyle. Want More Like This?Supporting good causes with your knitting needles. Knitting for charity can be a really satisfying way to use your skills to help all sorts of charities.
If you are one of those people who can never sit down without a pair of knitting needles and a ball of wool why not turn your passion into a way to help others? Or, if you are a total novice, a charity knitting project could be a great way to learn and discover a whole new hobby. The important thing with knitting for charity is to make sure that you are producing something that will either be:.
There are also various "super knit" projects in support of various charities. These often involve donated squares of knitting being added together to build the longest, the biggest etc etc.
The purpose of these is to show solidarity with causes and help them raise awareness and sometimes funds for their projects. Your local volunteer centre will probably be able to suggest likely local groups you could knit for.
There are also a number of national and international charities who will gratefully receive certain knitted products for distribution often in developing countries. Most charities that accept knitted donations will be only to happy to let you know what they need.
They often have suitable patterns too. Some may also be able to supply you with donated wool. Pudsey Pattern. There is no more depressing site than seeing beautifully made knitted items, that someone has spent a lot of time and effort making being left unsold at the end of a charity fundraiser. Charity knitters should think very carefully about what they make and where and how it might be sold.
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Only you can judge what might be appropriate but it is probably best not to put all your effort into one item unless you know it is a winner. Trying to stay up to date with modern patterns, colours, trends and styles is also important.
As is using suitable yarns and wool. Try to think about who might buy the items you are making. Combining your knitted items with something else can also work well. For instance a knitted Easter Bunny holding a chocolate egg etc. The trick really is to try to think outside the box and always keep on the look out for interesting knitting patterns for things you think might work.
Most libraries have books of knitting patterns and ideas. You can also find lots of great charity knitting ideas online. Have you heard about the latest craze taking the knitting world by storm?
Groups of Guerrilla Knitters getting together to make a point with their knitting needles. Usually a bit tongue in cheek but good fun for anyone with a point to make. The guerrilla knitters in this group were joining in a celebration party relating to a speed reduction to 20 mph in their local community. Knitting has enjoyed something of a resurgence in popularity recently. There is a great demand for people to pass on their knitting skills. If you would like to help teach others why not ask at your local school, refuge or young parents club.
You will find they bite your knitting needles off with enthusiasm! And give you lots of support. Knitting clubs are becoming really popular and once you have shown people how, you can always give them a nudge in the direction of your good causes and get them knitting for charity too! So has that whetted your appetite? Its time to get the needles out and start Knitting for charity!
Copyright www. Its great fun and raises a fair bit of cash.It took me about 6 months to move from Kansas to Colorado in I chose to move and had the resources to transfer belongings and my beloved cats to a new house. My completely voluntary move, stressful though it was, cannot possibly compare to the trauma that refugees experience. Relocation camps do their best to offer food, water, and shelter, but humans in these situations require comfort and love, too. This is where crafters can help: the simple act of knitting for refugees can offer hope in times of upheaval.
I went to my favorite site, Knitting for Charityto find organizations devoted to refugee aid. Naturally, proprietor Nicole Haschke had already done the heavy lifting. They seek wool or cotton blankets and clothing for all ages. Crafters can download and print labels in Arabic expressing their love and support.
North American crafters can mail their donations to a collection point in the United States. All these organizations ask for warm accessories in dark colors, since displaced people may not have access to laundry facilities. Tell us about your charity knitting in comments.
Wool Aid collects for children around the world including Syria and Tibet. And — if you live in a warm climate like I do — I looked for and found an organization helping the homeless near my in-laws in Buffalo, NY.
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