Handmade Especially for You, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3, (EIN: 26-3529292) needs knitters who want to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims. Please make comfort scarves for abused women!
At Handmade Especially for You, we make and distribute "comfort scarves" for women who have suffered from domestic violence and now live 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 and delivered 12,000 comfort scarves to 60 family crisis centers in Southern California. But we have barely scratched the surface of the need. In 2013, we want to do at least the same so we really need YOU.
Please help by knitting a scarf. If you want to make scarves and need free yarn, we can supply kits so that you can make scarves. If you want to make scarves from your own stash, here are the guidelines (more detailed instructions in "Requirements"):
Use big needles, size 15, 17 or 19 depending on the weight of your yarn
Use soft yarn (for comfort).
Pick happy colors.
Make them four to five inches wide.
Make them at least 60 inches long.
Use open-weave stitch if possible (so they can be used in warm weather climates).
Add some novelty yarn or ribbon to make them special.
30065 Grandpoint Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, US
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.
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 2019 we made over 12,500 scarves and delivered them to 70 shelters for abused women throughout California. But we have barely scratched the surface of the need. Please participate in our worthy project.
If you are a knitter or crocheter, or if you want to help abused women, please contact us at:
Handmade Especially for You c/o Leslye Borden 30065 Grandpoint Lane Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275