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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Knitting up a Winter Storm


I just learned to knit as part of a charity knitting project. Coats & Clark invited people to knit or crochet handmade scarves for participants in the Special Olympics World Games to be held in Idaho. A group of us managed to completed more than 30 scarves.

By the time we were done, the Special Olympics World Games announced that they had far exceeded the 5000 they were hoping for. A member at a ravelry.com, a knitting forum, reported that they had received 36 THOUSAND scarves and that the Post Office was having to send out special trucks to deliver them all. A volunteer reported that each athlete and volunteer would receive one..

Special Olympics Chapters all over the country have been contacted by knitters wondering what to do with the extra scarves that have been lovingly made, but not yet sent. Many of these chapters are holding their own regional winter games, and are delighted to have the donations.

I'm dumbstruck by the response. Maybe it means that people reallly want to find ways to give if only asked.

Gives me hope for the future.

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