Not long ago, the Knitting for Charity Facebook page received an appeal for people to knit or crochet 8″ squares for refugee children. You may know how strongly I feel about the refugee crisis, so this immediately drew my attention. I joined the Facebook group for Wooly Warmth for Refugees and was able to get a feel for what this group is all about and what their mission is. The founder of the group, an English woman named Emma, wrote the following: “I felt really motivated to do something to help when I first saw an appeal on Facebook for volunteers in Greece and the pictures of the desperate situation that these people were living in. “I am a full time mother and foster carer and have five lovely girls living at home, so it wasn’t an option for me to go over and help, so I got to thinking about other ways I could help. I love to crochet, so I got to thinking that I could crochet blankets and send them over, but realistically this couldn’t be achieved alone and that’s where you come in. “… Maybe together it’s achievable to fulfill this target every two weeks. I don’t know, only time will tell, what I do know is every blanket we manage to send WILL make a difference to someone, and that’s all the motivation I need. I chose to focus on children, as being a parent and carer the thought of any child being without warmth and comfort is awful to think about. If anyone feels motivated to make items like scarves, hats or small toys, I know these would make a difference too.” I think this is a fantastic idea, and I’m happy to spread the word so that anyone else who feels so moved can help refugee children!
How You Can Help
Obviously what Wooly Warmth for Refugees needs most are many, many squares. Emma requests that the squares be 8 inches long, as she plans to put together blankets composed of 35 individual 8″ squares. Her goal is to send 15 blankets every other week, so the more squares you wish to send, the better! Also, if you know other knitters and crocheters who would be interested in helping refugees, be sure to spread the word of this group. Speaking of which, if you do want to help, be sure to join the Wooly Warmth for Refugees Facebook group. It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to request to join, but you should be accepted quickly (I was accepted within an hour or so). When you join the group, you’ll get the guidelines for squares and anything else you might wish to knit and crochet. You’ll also see where squares and other items can be sent to. I have been so heartened lately by the ways knitters and crocheters have determined to make the frightening world of refugees more comforting, more welcoming, and just plain warmer. I hope you’ll consider knitting or crocheting a few squares for Wooly Warmth for Refugees!