Share A Square 2010 Works For Quality

The folks at the post office are wondering about the packages that I juggle as I leave each day. They have no idea that inside are lovely crocheted squares from around the world that will be made into afghans for children at a cancer camp next summer. So far 1,353 squares have arrived for Share A Square 2010 (a tenth of what will eventually be joined together).

crocheted square from Patti McE in New York

As the project went into full swing, I got some devastating news: the camp I had originally chosen was going through some changes this year and decided they could not accept our gift. I was aghast! But, I have told you time and again on this blog that you have to look for only the good … and I found it!

It’s called Camp Quality.

Actually, Camp Quality is a network of camps across the United States (and beyond — it was started in Australia). Each summer children with cancer and their siblings get to visit free of charge. Their website states:

Surrounded by new friends that can relate, loving volunteers who care, and loads of fun experiences, Camp Quality campers find joy, new courage and renewed hope for the future. They are free to be themselves . . . free to be kids again.

I spoke to the director of the Camp Quality in Texas, which is held near Tyler in East Texas. She was excited about the possibility of receiving our Share A Square afghans … but her camp would only need a third of the amount of afghans we had planned to make! So, I talked to the directors of the Camp Quality in Louisiana and Camp Quality in Arkansas.

We are going to blanket children in THREE DIFFERENT STATES with our love!

If you would like to be a part of the project, here are three things you can do:

  1. If you can crochet, visit the FAQ to learn about what we need. Join our Facebook group if you would like (you can even join the Facebook pages for Camp Quality in Texas and Arkansas). If you are on Ravelry, there is a Share A Square 2010 group there as well. Make those squares and send them on to me!
    If you’d like to be aware of my updates, you can visit my category page to keep you informed.
  2. If you can’t crochet … can you talk? Tell folks about it who can crochet. If you tell eight people, who each send 10 squares (6’x6′), it will make an afghan!
  3. OR, do as the lovely (and brilliant) Ridgely Johnson at Savor The Ride plans to do. Here is what she said on Facebook:

    I attempted, without much success mind you, to teach myself to crochet today- now I am an accomplished, quilter, decorative painter, so-so knitter- Monday I am en route to 2 local shops to enlist the crocheters of the area- I will buy the yarn, they will crochet, they will crochet and I WILL get my pledged squares in …dogged determination, hanging in there like a rusty fish hook, as my mommy says. I have made a rag rug- did crochet that- I just get confused where to stick the hook in when you zip back šŸ˜‰ stop laughing

So, Share A Square 2010 is “switching horses in midstream,” but I think it might be one of the best things that has happened to the project. The BEST thing, of course, is YOU.

The Share A Square Project is an ongoing one! You can see posts about what we did in 2010-2011 at this category link. Join us at Facebook or Ravelry. We would love to have your help. Visit the FAQ for more information.

  8 comments for “Share A Square 2010 Works For Quality

  1. September 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yay, Shelly! I’m so glad you found a good home for these heartfelt gifts! It’s almost cool enough here for me to start crocheting. Soon I’ll batten down the hatches and…. Gooooo! (But sooner than that I’ll write a blog post about SAS 2010 just in case anyone still reads at my place)

    • September 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

      Good for you, girlie. You know that the kids LOVED Auntie Thorne’s creative squares on the last go round.

  2. Rebecca Terrell
    September 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hey Shelly,
    I am there for you girlie. You know what I do and love doing it. The kids are special to me. I will never forget when I went to the camp with you and Eric. It was an awesome time.

    Hugs friend,

    • September 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      You are a hard worker with a big heart, Becky. You know I appreciate you!!

  3. September 20, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Now- my phase two of my proposed plan- I have located the crocheters šŸ™‚ I am getting a private crochet lesson Friday with one of the owners of the shop! Of course I will bring my sparking personality as well as all the new information, suggest we PUT south carolina on the map- then I am going to visit the classes šŸ˜‰ dang it- I gave my word- I do not let anyone down! What would kids do without Shelly organizing– and people like me whipping out 10 squares before the deadline!

    • September 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

      Girlfriend, I’m betting that when you tell them what we are doing, they will crochet on their own. YES put SC on the map! Let’s get every state in the Union on the map! Whip out those squares!

  4. Brandi Gonzalez
    September 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    What a wonderful thing you are doing for these kids!! My children have attended Camp Quality Texas for the past 6 years and it is people like you that add one more ray of sunshine to their week at camp. Thank you!!

    • September 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Brandi! It’s wonderful to hear from a parent of one of the kids. Keep in mind that there will be HUNDREDS of volunteers before this is done … all adding their ray of sunshine šŸ™‚ Best wishes for health and happiness!

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