Well, the Holidays are upon us! The holidays are usually a time for enjoying each other’s company, doing special activities with friends, decorating our houses and eating lots of food. For some though, the holidays are a stressful time. There are some without homes, without money to put food on their tables and without friends to share with. This holiday season, I encourage you to take part in making the holidays a special time for someone in the community. There are tons of ways you can do this, from volunteering at a soup kitchen or food pantry, donating a box of food to a community organization, bringing a group of musicians and singers to a senior citizen home, and sending out cheerful cards to those in your community without family.
But the one way I want to encourage you to use your time and talents today, is with knitting. Many organizations in your area ask for donations of knitted items in these cold winter months. And if it happens that you’re fortunate enough to live in a warm climate during these months, you can still contribute your knitted goods by mailing them in to a donation center or organization who will put them to good use.
Some simple items you can knit are scarves, mittens, socks, and hats. These are great for keeping warm and don’t take too long to do. If you’ve got more time on your hands, some organizations will take donations of knitted shawls or blankets.
Some organizations that may take donations are radio stations, food banks, churches and community organizations like The Red Cross, and Salvation Army. (Check with an organization before you send them anything!). Also search “donate your knitting” on Google or your favorite web search engine for some great organizations that will take your donations year round.
This is a great way to not only care for the community and give back to the community but also put your talents and skills to good use (especially if your family doesn’t want another knitted gift :)).
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