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Handmade Especially for You

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Comfort scarves

Handmade Especially for You, a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)3 (EIN: 26-3529292) needs knitters and crocheters and anyone who wants to make a difference in the life of domestic abuse victims. Please participate in our scarf project!

At Handmade Especially For You we make and distribute "comfort scarves" for abused women in shelters. We tie each scarf with a ribbon and include a note signed by the maker. Our goal is to provide a gift of comfort to someone who may have never received a gift before and to show that someone cares. In 2012 we made 12,000 comfort scarves and delivered them to 60 family crisis centers in Southern California. We want to do at least the same in 2013 so we really need YOU!

Please help by knitting or crocheting. We also need people who can help do the following things:

  • make kits-people with fashion or artistic interest who will help make the kits we distribute to our knitters and crocheters.
  • organize the finished scarves and prepare them for delivery to the various shelters.
  • provide administrative support by keeping track of yarn in, kits out, scarves in, etc.
  • keep the books, track postage for mailing kits out, and donations to cover the cost of the postage.
  • write thank you letters to scarf makers and other donors.

If you want to make scarves and need yarn, we can supply kits so that you can knit and crochet scarves. If you want to make scarves from your own stash, here are the guidelines:

  1. use big needles (15, 17, or 19 depending on the weight of your yarn) or big hooks (K, N, or P, again depending on the weight of your yarn)
  2. soft yarn (for comfort)
  3. happy color
  4. at least 4 inches wide but no more than 5 inches wide
  5. at least 60 inches long
  6. open stitch (for distribution in a warm climate)
  7. some decoration like fun fur or ribbon to individualize
  8. add a gift tag and tie each scarf with a ribbon so it is a personal gift for the recipient

Please send your finished scarves to:

Handmade Especially for You c/o Leslye Borden
30065 Grandpoint Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

Thanks in advance for your participation.

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About Handmade Especially for You

Location:

30065 Grandpoint Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, US

Mission Statement

Handmade Especially for You knits/crochets comfort scarves and donates them to abused women who have sought safety from their abusive environment . Our scarves tell these women that we care about them, we think they are valuable, and we think they have a happy future ahead.

Most of the women who receive our scarves have never before received a personal gift, much less a handmade personal gift. They are amazed that someone who doesn't even know them has given them something so valuable and beautiful.

The directors at the shelters tell us that receiving a scarf lifts the woman's usually low self-esteem. The directors use this ah-ha moment to begin counseling and therapy that will change the woman's life. We never expected our scarves would be so powerful, but we are glad they are.

Description

At Handmade Especially for You we make and distribute "comfort scarves" for abused women living in shelters. We tie each scarf with a ribbon and include a note signed by the maker. The intention of making these scarves is to provide a gift of comfort to someone who may have never received a gift before and to show that someone cares. In 2009 we made over 6,500 scarves and delivered them to 22 family crisis centers in Southern California. In 2010, we made 10,000 scarves and donated them to all the shelters for abused women in Los Angeles County. But we have barely scratched the surface of the need. In 2011 we plan to expand to more shelters in Southern California, including Orange, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

If you are a knitter or crocheter, or if you want to help abused women, please contact us at:

http://ww.handmadeespecially.org

or

Handmade Especially for You c/o Leslye Borden
30065 Grandpoint Lane
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

or connect with us on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-Especially-For-You/141804612336

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

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