Thursday, November 17, 2016

Take It, If You Need It

The holiday season is upon us...dare I say it- CHRISTMAS. Most of us are planning Christmas celebrations, dinners, and parties, mapping out our travel routes to be with family/friends, and shopping for gifts.
What so many of us don't understand, is that there are numerous people struggling to make ends meet, or just trying to survive during the holiday season (and the rest of the year).
Each year at this time I try to donate to charities that help the less fortunate. I don't have a lot of money, so this year I came up with the idea..."Take it, if you need it". I live in a cold country, freezing temps, high winds, ice and snow, (in winter), so I am knitting hats and scarves that I will leave in random locations around my city, for those in need. If you don't knit, you can buy hats, scarves and mittens at dollar stores, and randomly place them around your town. 
In a warm climate you can "donate" weather appropriate items.
Don't forget to add a note, "Take it if you need it".
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  1. What a lovely idea. I am not a knitter but I suspect your gesture will warm hearts as well as heads.
    I volunteer on a crisis line and will do extra shifts over Christmas. The 'happiest time of year' is very hard for a lot of people.

  2. This is so generous, and your words fit the idea so well. And small items will be so acceptable to those who need and might feel embarrassed at taking something large. Your hat is a great idea, lovely wool ,and so cosy.

  3. Definitely the true meaning of giving. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. I mentioned your post on my blog today - too far forme to help Canadians get warmer (customs would probably claim some import taxes too) - but it made me smile that there is yet another thing we have in common - we knit to help others - great idea you wrote about

    I just knitted a little for purple, knitting a lot for a Danish Project called Kemoheads (Chemoheads) that a friend of mine started after having gone through chemo theraphy and loosing all her hair.... the yarn scraps not enough for adult hats etc har knitted into mini hats which the Danish chapter of Re Cross will benefit from next year.

    Take care

  5. great idea, lovely work!! good for you!! :)

  6. it's a great idea karen and your knitting is beautiful!!!

  7. What a lovely idea Karen. Those hats are so cozy and brightly colored, which would lift the spirits of both wearer and passersby.


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