I haven’t talked much this year about the afghans we make for kids with cancer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. It means that the volunteers are keeping me busy! The project is rolling along quite nicely. Packages of brightly colored squares have been arriving daily from all over the world. Don’t tell me that the postal service is having financial problems … Share A Square volunteers are paying their share of the budget!
I’ve been quiet on-line lately, because I have been stitching those lovely squares together into the afghans we will deliver next summer.
Most of my yakking about the project is done on our Facebook page, but I know that the group on Ravelry is very active, too. You don’t have to be a part of either on-line group if you want to help us make afghans for the kids.
We have a deadline coming up on October 26th, when I hope to be able to sort out another 50 afghans (the first 50 kits were put together in the first week of September … but they still have to be assembled). To make fifty afghans, I need 4,000 crocheted squares (6 inches in size) from at least 80 different people! Yes, you can help! But, first, please visit the FAQ so that you know what we need and where to send them.
I’d love to see participation from crafters in all fifty states. So far, we’ve gotten squares from Finland, England, Ireland, Denmark, France, and Argentina … but not all fifty states! Wonder why that is? Does no one in Alabama crochet? What about Connecticut … Delaware … Indiana … Iowa … Nebraska … Washington … Virginia … Utah … Wyoming? And, Hawaii (maybe they are too busy enjoying the weather)? Or Rhode Island (OK, I know it’s a pretty small state)? Maybe they just haven’t found the project yet — so y’all tell ’em about it, please.
This year, we will deliver afghans to Camp Quality in Illinois. Although it will be a long drive to deliver them, it will be worth it. We will also pick another Camp Quality in a different state when we get closer to the deadlines. You can read articles about the delivery last year in the archives, and I promise it will warm your heart. My wonderful volunteers this year are going to help me blanket 150 children with love before we are done! We will see more smiles like this one:
I’m going to get back to my stitching. I’ve made 12 afghans this month, and am shooting for 16. I don’t know if I will make the goal, but if you are in my neck of the woods, you can come on over and stitch with me. I’ll put on another pot of coffee just for you! Stop and pick up some donuts on the way, won’t you?