A time to contemplate the season…


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Originally uploaded by HoosierLadyB

After the post Thanksgiving consumer fest that is Black Friday thru today Cyber Monday, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of shopping bags and receipts. The news will tell you it’s you helping the economy, and the commercials tell you that you have to have it…that you can’t live without it…but how much of what is bought is personal?

In these very difficult economic times with huge amounts of joblessness so many families around the country are being impacted in tragic ways. It’s not about stuff, it’s about simply not having enough to live. It’s not about how much we have, it’s about having enough to survive cold winters, with full tummies and warm hands are feet. As much as it is a strain on parents and grandparents, imagine being a child; imagine being a hungry and cold child…

That is exactly what our dear CLF Member HoosierLady did; Then  thinking of her community has crocheted (at last count) 55 original hats in child to adult small sizes and five hat/scarf sets to be donated to a local charity in her home town. You can read her story in the project notes posted on Ravelry.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/HoosierLady/50-hats-for-kids

If you’re not on Ravelry, let me just sum up how bad the situation is in her area, Elkhart , Indiana.

* 60% of the children in the school district qualify for the free lunch program
*30% of them qualify for the reduced lunch program

When she found out about this in August, she put her hook into action, When I read through her project notes, I couldn’t help but swell with pride to have such a wonderful member in our group. After all, this is the season of giving, of showing love and compassion for our fellow humans.

She isn’t alone, so many of our crocheters make hats, scarves, blankets and more for so many charities. We know how important it is to give just a little (or a lot) of our time and love to help someone else make it through their holiday season, or heck even just their day.

If you know of any great charities in your area, please list them here in the comment section.

BTW I think my favorite hat is the pupppy dog one! Who ever gets that hat will be one lucky kid!

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3 responses to “A time to contemplate the season…

  1. Things are tough all over that’s for sure! I’m made close to 200 hats of all sizes this year and given them to several different groups to help keep people warm. I figure it’s the least I can do to help by using my talents in a good way. It’s the give back idea that I grew up with.

  2. I know the Hoosier Lady B and she does beautiful work. A bunch of lucky kids who receive these labors of love!!

  3. That frog hat is pretty darn cute too!

    My church stitching group is making scarves for charity this Christmas season for the second year in a row. They will go to several local charities – the Union Gospel Mission, a women’s shelter, and an organization of local churches that serves homeless families. We’ve also enlisted some help in this endeavor. Residents of several assisted living facilities are lending their crochet and knitting skills to the project. This is really a win-win. The folks at these facilities are thrilled to be doing something useful to help others, and the project will produce many more scarves then just the members of my church group could make. Last year we donated over 150 scarves plus some hats. Hopefully, a few people will be a little warmer because of it.

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