One of the things I tell you to do, in taking care of yourself, is to find a hobby in order to take your mind off of all the issues surrounding autism. You are entitled to an emotional respite. I have always chosen to knit for a charity. Quite frankly it doesn't hurt to help others. Helping others is a great way of remembering that you are part of the larger world. Below is an idea for a project from a very worthwhile charity. It's a great way to say thank you to those who risk their lives for our freedom....
Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to our youngmen and women serving oversees, has need of scarves for their holiday packages. Here is the information:
a) Knit/Crochet Scarves (5-7″ Wide, 45-50″ long)
***Feel free to use your own “recipe” or see samples on Scarf Project Blog.***
For more information on The Scarf Project and sample patterns, please visit our Blog at: http://www.operationgratitude.com/scarf-hat-cool-tie-project-details-materials-size-patterns/
or email Lorene at: email@example.com
We need 60,000 scarves for the holiday packages–please help!
** We receive many inquiries regarding acceptable fiber for the scarves. Please know that the scarves and hats we send are gifts. We take ALL
types of scarves, made from whatever fibers our volunteer knitters care
to use. The service members often wear the scarves and hats we send
while they are off-duty.
We also need yarn for knitters who cannot afford to purchase it. Please consider donating skeins of yarn to us.
Go HERE to learn about other items needed or desired.
One thing caught my eye..the soldiers would like beanie babies too. Here's why....
“I live with 17 Marines and Sailors in one room. Everyone got a
package and everyone loved it especially the cookies and beanie babies.
The cookies are excellent and the beanie babies help us out a lot with
the local kids. We give them candy and toys and they give us the
location for IED’s. Once again, thank you for everything and for all the
hard work that you put into the package. LCPL ND”
Remember this Independence Day: If you can't knit, crochet, send a beanie baby or make a small cash donation, try writing a letter of gratitude for a service-person. They may not be your child but they are our American children.
I have a huge amount of yarn in my closet. Now I have found a project for the next few weeks at least.
Until next time,